Archivist, Curator and Records Manager

Archivists, Curators and Records Managers develop and manage historical documents, records and artefacts for the preservation of information. They may work for a variety of institutions including museums, libraries, historical societies and many others.

Duties and tasks

  • Advance new methods for record keeping and classification systems to ensure effective organisation and navigation through the systems.
  • Apply security codes and software to protect classified information and grant access only to authorised individuals.
  • Develop and maintain organisations record keeping systems, updating them periodically and analysing operations to modify systems for optimal results.
  • Identify condition of historical documents, objects or artefacts and coordinate or perform restoration and preservation efforts.
  • Implement procedures for archiving documents or data and create classification systems, indexes and guides for locating them.
  • Interpret a variety of records and preserve or archive them for future use.
  • Organise artefacts and verify authenticity, consulting with specialists when necessary.

Skills required

  • Analytical
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Strong Reading and Writing Skills

Working conditions

Archivists, Curators and Records Managers typically work Mondays to Fridays in an indoor office or lab setting. They may need to work with chemicals to preserve or restore artefacts or documents. They should be able to perform repetitive and precise work archiving data or inputting data.

Professional associations / Industry information

The Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM) 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Archive Executive
  • Archivist
  • Information Officer
  • Librarian
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  • Research Officer
     

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