Program History

Columbia University’s Information and Knowledge Strategy (IKNS) program is a learning organization, similar to the learning organizations we study in our curriculum. We have evolved from the Information and Archive Management program (INAM), to the Information and Digital Resource Management program (IDRM), and now to the IKNS program, which began in Fall 2011.

Each change in name reflected how we subtly shifted the focus and format of the program. We did this in response to the evolution of the information management disciplines, the job markets for our students, and the students’ changing demographics.

Both predecessor programs, which were comprised of courses offered on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus, provided the formal training and technological skills required to lead in the international information economy. Students learned to design and implement information-based systems to advance the core mission of a commercial enterprise, nonprofit organization, or governmental agency; conduct problem-based research using business and government databases and documents; and develop a capacity to think carefully about the legal, social, and policy questions raised by the handling and use of information.

Information and Archive Management

INAM, which ran from Fall 2006 to Spring 2009, was a part-time, 36-point program made up of one required Master’s Project (3 points) and an optional internship, four elective courses (12 points), and seven core courses (21 points):

  • Introduction to Information Professions and Knowledge Management
  • Legal and Policy Issues for Information Professionals
  • Business Information, Documents, and Materials
  • Introduction to Information Technology (IT) and IT Project Management
  • Government Information Resources and Systems
  • Records and Archives Management: Principles and Practices
  • Working with Commercial Vendors

Information and Digital Resource Management

IDRM, which ran from Fall 2009 to Fall 2010, was a part-time, 36-point program made up of one required Master’s Project Seminar (3 points), two elective courses (6 points), and these nine core courses (27 points):

  • Introduction to Information Professions and Knowledge Management
  • Legal and Policy Issues for Information Professionals
  • Exploring Digital Information in Business and Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology and IT Project Management
  • Global Trends in Information Access and the Democratization of Information
  • Records Management: Principles and Practices
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Managing Relationships with Digital Information Providers
  • Information Network

Information and Knowledge Strategy

We have built the Information and Knowledge Strategy program on INAM’s and IDRM’s rich core in information governance and strategy by expanding courses in collaboration, analytics, and knowledge product innovation. We have also shifted program delivery to a hybrid model. Even with a partially virtual format, we cultivate a rich a connection among students, who engage with each other as a cohort throughout all courses but electives.

We see ourselves – INAM, IDRM, and IKNS – as one IKNS family of alumni and students, committed to supporting one another professionally and intellectually. We intend to continue to evolve to enable our graduates to lead 21st century organizations – using information management and collaboration to achieve growth, productivity and societal impact.