ARST 560/LIBR 514H (3) Records and Information Governance


MLIS students should enroll in LIBR 514H

MAS and Dual students: Completion of the “Term 1” MAS Core courses


In the digital age, information has become an increasingly important organizational resource. It needs to be governed effectively to avoid risk, ensure legal compliance, and drive organizational opportunity. The goal of this course, therefore, is to explore present-day theoretical, methodological, and practical issues concerning records and information governance.


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Reflect in a critically informed manner on the linkages between Information Governance and library, archival, and information science;
  • Articulate Information Governance concepts, definitions, and principles fluently in a variety of communication styles;
  • Critically evaluate how Information Governance differs from/is similar to Records and Information Management, IT Governance, and Data Governance;
  • Articulate an understanding of and apply risk-based analysis to the evaluation of Information Governance application areas;
  • Understand the purpose of and develop an Information Governance strategic plan;
  • Articulate the components of an Information Governance framework;
  • Reflect critically on the factors affecting implementation of an Information Governance program;
  • Reflect critically on technology trends affecting Information Governance, and understand how these techniques can be applied to communicating evaluations of business benefits, risks, and costs;
  • Critically reflect on the factors affecting organizational change (and resistance to change) and how to develop an effective change management strategy;
  • Articulate the components of project planning, and apply this knowledge to develop an effective project plan;
  • Demonstrate leadership and effective communication skills.


  • Information Governance concepts, definitions, and principles;
  • Differences and similarities among Records and Information Management, IT Governance, and Data Governance;
  • Information Governance risk assessment;
  • Information Governance as a business strategy;
  • Information Governance strategic planning;
  • Developing an Information Governance framework;
  • Implementing an Information Governance program;
  • Researching and evaluating technology solutions;
  • Strategic outsourcing;
  • Leadership skills and team building;
  • Change management;
  • Project management;
  • Information Governance Ethics;
  • Information Governance profession certification.
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