Demand for archivists is growing as many schools, even quite young ones, realise the benefits employing a person with this skill set brings, Journalist Sue Osborne writes.
Many people’s idea of an archivist is someone who spends all their time filing dusty old records. While there’s is an element of truth in that, the job is much more diverse and current.
In government schools there is a system in place for archiving materials, but independent schools must come up with their own plan for dealing with archiving.
Newington College archivist David Roberts (pictured above) loves that he deals with 19th century documents but also needs to be at the forefront of digital technology.
Roberts, who has worked at the college since 2009, was the first professional archivist employed there.
“Most school archivists are former teachers or librarians, but there’s a growing trend for schools to employ professional archivists,” Roberts said.
Roberts had a long career as a federal and state government archivist before joining the college.