|Role Delineation Statement|
(For the text of the Role Delineation Statement, please see the Handbook for Archival Certification.)
The Role Delineation Statement (RDS) is one of the main cornerstones of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Developed by archivists and archival educators, it defines the knowledge and skills necessary for archival work.
Created according to rigorous standards under the direction of test-development professionals, the RDS is the framework for the certification examination. It is essential that this document be reviewed periodically and updated in order to remain current with best practices, new skills, and other changing factors in the archival profession.
In March 2008 the Academy Board recognized that last revision of the RDS was 2003. Under the direction of President Judy Cetina and continuing under President Martin Levitt, a Role Delineation Review Task Force was appointed in August 2008 consisting of Cindy C. Smolovik (chair), Michael Holland, Daphne Arnaiz-DeLeon, Susan Watson, Brenda Gunn, Nancy Melley, and Mary Elizabeth Ruwell.
The Task Force presented the revised RDS to the Academy Board at its meeting in Austin, Texas, August 12, 2009. While the original framework consisting of general knowledge statements and seven domains: Selection, Appraisal, and Acquisition; Arrangement and Description; Reference Services and Access; Preservation and Protection; Outreach, Advocacy, and Promotion; Managing Archival Programs; and Professional, Ethical, and Legal Responsibilities remains intact the individual related knowledge and task statements are updated to reflect the impact of changing technologies, terminology changes, and nuances in best practices. The Academy Board accepted the revised Role Delineation Statement, which will serve as the basis for the archival certification examination beginning with the test administered in August 2010.
--Cindy C. Smolovik, CA, Chair, Role Delineation Review Task Force, 2008-2009