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Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Notebook computers
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  • Desktop computers
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  • Personal computers
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  • Scanners
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  • Inkjet printers
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Graphics or photo imaging software
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  • Presentation software
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  • Video creation and editing software
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  • Web platform development software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Create and maintain accessible, retrievable computer archives and databases, incorporating current advances in electronic information storage technology.
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  • Organize archival records and develop classification systems to facilitate access to archival materials.
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  • Authenticate and appraise historical documents and archival materials.
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  • Provide reference services and assistance for users needing archival materials.
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  • Direct activities of workers who assist in arranging, cataloguing, exhibiting, and maintaining collections of valuable materials.
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  • Prepare archival records, such as document descriptions, to allow easy access to information.
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  • Preserve records, documents, and objects, copying records to film, videotape, audiotape, disk, or computer formats as necessary.
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  • Establish and administer policy guidelines concerning public access and use of materials.
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  • Locate new materials and direct their acquisition and display.
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  • Research and record the origins and historical significance of archival materials.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $65,457.00 $31.47  $21.43  $24.08 - $37.41 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $62,611.00 $30.11  $20.94  $23.43 - $36.56 
    Hartford $69,315.00 $33.33  $20.08  $22.82 - $42.88 
    New Haven $48,414.00 $23.28  $18.08  $19.89 - $24.87 
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