Archives specialists assist archivists by applying specialized knowledge about certain subjects to records they serve. They often work on projects describing or preserving a body of records. They also work directly with the public when records within their expertise are requested. Special Collections Librarians generally work with a variety of original primary source materials, including rare books, manuscripts, archives, and photographs that require specialized storage.

Some suggested courses for this area of study:

SLIS:4920 - The Transition from Manuscript to Print
SLIS:5535/UICB:5520 - Book Conservation
SLIS: 5600/UICB:5600 - Reading Culture History & Research in Media
SLIS:6255 - Rare Books Cataloging
SLIS:6335 - Public Services for Special Collections and Archive
SLIS:6411 - Topics: Humanities Librarianship: Inquiry, Learning, Knowledge
SLIS:6520 - Practicum in Libraries and Information Centers
UICB:4210 - Boxes and Enclosures  (On Campus only)
SLIS:4920/UICB:4920 - Transition from Manuscript to Print (On Campus only)
UICB:4930 - Topics in Material Analysis  (On Campus only)
MUSM:3200 - Collection Care and Management
MUSM:4200 - Advanced Collections Care/Museum Object Preservation