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M.S. in Library and Information Science: Records Management Specialization

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Actively curate and manage data throughout its lifecycle.

The Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) and the Division of Library and Information Science (DLIS) master’s degree program at St. John’s University accelerates student credentialing to become a Certified Records Analyst (CRA) and Certified Records Manager (CRM).

Under the partnership with St. John’s University’s DLIS and specialization in Archives and Records Management, the ICRM provides three pathways for graduates to earn credit for Parts 1-5 toward their certification.

Career Outlook: Develop, Monitor, and Manage Records

The management and long-term protection of records is very important in increasing business efficiency. As the cloud computing market continues to grow, records and information managers will have a critical role in helping organizations develop new records and information management practices, as well as maintaining data security. Demand is expected to be particularly strong for those working in Information Governance, which includes the privacy and legal aspects of records management.1

Career Spotlight: Records and Information Manager

Also known as administrative services managers, record managers curate and maintain the records – i.e., the corporate and cultural memory – of an organization. Responsibilities include a mix of clerical and administrative work such as recordkeeping, mail distribution, and office upkeep. The median annual wage for administrative services managers was $100,170.00 in May 2021 and employment is expected to grow 7% from 2021-2031.2

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Curriculum: Prepare for a role as a Certified Records Manager

Through 36 credits of core and specialized coursework, you explore the methods and theory of archival management, including archival representation, knowledge management, and using technology to structure and organize information.

The specialization’s required courses include:

  • LIS 203 Organization of Information
  • LIS 310 Fundamentals of Data Curation
  • LIS 311 Records & Information Management (RIM)
  • LIS 314 Archival Appraisal and Management
  • LIS 315 Data Preservation and Access
  • Capstone Course, LIS 269 or work experience
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Specialization Outcomes

  • List and describe the concepts and issues related to the lifecycle of records knowledge and information from creation through various stages of use to disposition.
  • Describe the concepts, issues, and methods related to the acquisition and disposition of resources, and the management, preservation, and maintenance of records.
  • Understand the principles involved and the developmental, descriptive, and evaluative skills needed in the organization, representation, and retrieval of recorded knowledge and information resources.

More Specialization Options

M.S in Library and Information Science: Youth Services

Through a curriculum aligned with the nation’s leading information organizations, you learn to reach young readers and thrive as a children’s or young adult librarian, a youth specialist, and more.

M.S in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship

Become a qualified information specialist, helping students and researchers access the information they need, whether they attend a community college or conduct research in a university.

M.S in Library and Information Science: Archival Studies

Learn to select, arrange, and preserve records of value to researchers. You prepare to work in archives, special collections, historical societies, museums, and various other curatorial environments.

M.S in Library and Information Science: Public Librarianship

Serve patrons while managing relationships throughout your community. You learn to run a public library, including programming, collection development, outreach and advocacy, and user services for all ages.

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Advance your career and help students and researchers access the resources they need with an online Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Records Management specialization from St. John’s University. Contact us at 844-393-1677 or request more information today!


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2022, September 8). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Administrative Services and Facilities Managers.
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2022, September 8). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Administrative Services and Facilities Managers.