The twelve Arena Archivists sit behind the Readers on
the middle level and control if the correct file for the
correct Reader has arrived from the Archive and in is in
the correct order at his station.
Each reading block is under the control of an archivist. The archivists follow the Main Protocol, signal their readers and scribes as to when to stop and start by turning on and off signal lights hung above each station, keep general order in their block and report difficulties to the head administrator. The archivist is responsible for coordinating the files which contain the text or text fragments which have been pre-chosen for each reader. Each archiving station consists of a table, a lamp, and one chair each for incoming and outgoing readers, and a chair for the archivist.