What Does an Archivist Do?
What Is an Archivist?
- Preserving pieces of history
- Holding people and institutions accountable
- Improving access to historical information through technology
- Connecting researchers with the documents that they need
- Broad, deep knowledge about records
- Involvement in multiple phases of the lifecycle of records
- Extensive research and analysis skills
- Ability to serve the public in accessing information and records
- Authenticate and appraise historical documents
- Preserve and maintain documents and objects
- Create and manage a system to maintain and preserve electronic records
- Organize and classify archival records to make them easy to search through
- Safeguard records by creating film and digital copies
- Direct workers to help arrange, exhibit, and maintain collections
- Set and administer policy guidelines concerning public access to materials
- Find and acquire new materials for their archives
- Government institutions
- Historical societies
- Religious organizations
- Introduction to Archives and Records Management: Students get an introduction to the objectives and methods of the archival and records management professions, including an overview of terminology, issues and common practices.
- Digital Libraries: Students develop an understanding of digital library components and explore theoretical and practical approaches to constructing, maintaining and evaluating digital libraries.
- Digitization: Students focus on the process of converting analog materials into the digital format, online delivery and preservation of master files.
Archivist Career Path
- Federal executive branch: $88,510
- Computer systems design and related services: $70,720
- Radio and television broadcasting: $70,190
- Management of companies and enterprises: $68,380
- Legal services: $66,610