College of Law Reference and Access Services Librarian Ian B. Bourgoine is among the select maiden group of e-discovery professionals to pass the rigorous Certified E-Discovery Specialists (CEDS) certification examination. Bourgoine has now earned the right to use the prestigious designation as a Certified E-Discovery Specialist. In the Belmont College of Law, Bourgoine is responsible for ensuring the availability of library resources to patrons as well as providing reference services.
The CEDS credential is earned by individuals who pass the rigorous four-hour examination that provides a tough and objective measure of mastery of the challenging field of e-discovery. The certification program is administered by the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the premier membership organization of professionals in the field worldwide. Since the exam was first offered in November 2010, professionals in the United States, Canada, the UK, South Korea, Germany and China have earned the CEDS certification.
The CEDS certification is compelling evidence that designees are competent and knowledgeable in e-discovery regardless of their professional specialization—whether they are lawyers, litigation support staff, records managers, information technology (IT) specialists, technology officials, court personnel, paralegals or consultants. The credential is an assurance to employers, colleagues and clients that the CEDS-certified professional is serious about efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and risk reduction in all phases of e-discovery.