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Michael,

You will need formal training as an archivist in order to hold the kind of
position you desire. I left a job running the Richard F. Wright Jazz Archive at
the University of Kansas to get that fancy piece of paper because, to be
perfectly honest, you need documentation of formal training in order to get
paid. An ALA accredited program will give you training in hypertext encoding,
creating findings aids and preservation. These are very important and
absolutely necessary skills if you plan on maintaining a sound collection in a
responsible manner. You might want to check the employment posts on the Society
of American Archicists website [www.archivists.org]. Nearly every post details
the skills required.

Best,

Brandon Burke

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Brandon Burke
Graduate Research Assistant
Digital Library Services
University of Texas-Austin
(512) 495-4566