Educating Library, Archives, and Museum Professionals in the US: Promoting Collaboration, Recognizing the Power of Information and Object in Professional Identity
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Two digital curation educators, representing graduate schools of museum studies and information science at Johns Hopkins University and Simmons University, respectively, propose that the field of digital curation transcends disciplinary boundaries and offers opportunities for collaboration across the LAM sector. As students prepare to join the growing international digital curation community, these new professionals will be ready to communicate and cooperate with peers in libraries, archives and museums across the globe and across town. The result will be enhanced access to cultural heritage resources; greater efficiencies and economies of scale realized through wider data services; and improved service to users through the adoption of shared standards, protocols, and professional training—while at the same time maintaining the unique perspectives of each profession. Placement data shows that these graduates are finding jobs across the LAM spectrum, even in the time of Covid-19.