Allied Professions

The work of archivists and archival institutions intersects with that of several other professions involved in the identification, protection, and dissemination of recorded information. Among these are library and information science, museum studies, oral history, historic preservation, and historical editing. The most common overlapping relationship of this nature is with library and information science because archival repositories are often situated in libraries, where archivists benefit from familiarity with collection development, cataloging, and reference practices employed by librarians. Archives administration is not to be regarded as a branch of any related profession, including library and information science. However, exposure to the distinct purposes and methods of allied fields will be advantageous to archives students.