Career outlook for archivist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would organise collections of historical records and documents so that they are easy for people to study and enjoy.
You'd preserve the documents and make them easy for people to find, either physically or on the internet.
You'd work with all types of materials including:
- Historical records and documents
- Books and maps
- Photographs and film
- Audio and digital files
You would decide which materials should be kept in an archive. You'd use computer technology to create digital archives and convert physical materials into digital formats.
- Store the materials correctly to keep them in good condition
- Identify and date the items
- Catalogue and index the materials
- Help people to use the archives
- Create records in other formats such as photocopies, microfiche and digital
- Do research
- Give talks and presentations
- Organise displays and exhibitions
You would meet people who want to sell or donate items to the archive, assess the importance of the materials and negotiate a price.
At senior level, you might manage and supervise staff, manage budgets and put together bids for funding.
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