UT Austin iSchool discontinues cons/pres certificates

The University of Texas at Austin iSchool has announced its decision to discontinue offering advanced certificates of study in conservation and preservation administration. Instead, they envision integrating these into the general library school curriculum.

As part of a concerted project to examine the field of information studies and its expression in our curriculum, the School of Information has decided that preservation and conservation, as core concepts in the information lifecycle, should be more fully integrated into our broader program of study. This integration affords us the opportunity to examine preservation and conservation from the standpoint of multiple academic disciplines, research methodologies, media of expression, and collecting institutions.

Read the full announcement.  [Update 01/20/2010: With the recent implementation of its new website, the iSchool has posted a revised announcement “Curriculum Revision and the CAS.”]

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4 Responses

  1. “This integration affords us the opportunity to examine preservation and conservation from the standpoint of multiple academic disciplines, research methodologies, media of expression, and collecting institutions.”
    HUH? Can anyone translate this for me?

  2. Jeff, wish I could translate but I think it is their way of placating the field with words and not action.

    Beth – the link to the full announce is not working for me, could you send me the link? I couldn’t find it on the website.

    Donia

  3. Donia, the link is working now — thanks for catching that!

  4. I think that Karen posted the most comprehensible explanation which if I’m reading it right, means that the conservation courses are still available to iSchool students, but that the University of Texas is no longer going to be graduating Conservators.

    Which still begs the question of “What are people who want to be Library and Archives Conservators going to do for education?” All the job announcements I read lately require “A degree from a recognized Conservation program” which won’t include graduates from UTexas after the 2011 graduating class.

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