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Metadata has been a business term closely associated with cataloging archived information dating back to 1876, starting with the creation of the standard proprietary library classification system, the Dewey Decimal System.  Remember the old 3x5 card catalog system in your school or community library? Those 3x5 cards contained the book title, author, subject and a short synopsis, and an alphanumeric...

This article is Part 3 of a 4-Part Series on managing the digital evolution of information. In Part-3, I covered the new skill sets needed for librarians and other information managers in the Digital Age. In this final part, I will discuss LAC-Group’s expertise in library services. LAC Group was founded 25 years ago as Library Associates to meet the growing demand for outsourced...

This article is Part 3 of a 4-Part Series on managing the digital evolution of information. In Part-2 of this series, I outlined hiring and contracting for digital information management  professionals. Part 3 will cover the specific skill sets required of librarians and other information managers in the Digital Age. Whether named Information Professionals, Digital Asset Managers, Virtual Librarians or something else, these people...

This article is Part 2 of a 4-Part Series on managing the digital evolution of information. In Part-1 of this series, I covered the most commonly outsourced information management functions. In Part 2, I outline the hiring and contracting options for getting the professional skills and experience your organization needs for managing your digital information assets. Although Digital Asset Manager is a relatively new...

This article is Part 1 of a 4-Part Series on managing the digital evolution of information. First and foremost, outsourcing digital information management functions doesn't have to be all or nothing. The outsourcing of many library and information management services is already an accepted and common practice today in the public sector, as well as private and legal repositories. Most executives and IT managers now...

One of the most difficult decisions faced by executives today is how to properly evolve your business into the digital environment, while maintaining control, security, and varied levels of accessibility to a multitude of users, all while protecting the integrity of your information assets in the virtual marketplace. Part of the evolution involves decisions around who will do the work. Can existing staff be...

Digital Asset Managers (DAMs), also known as: Digital Archivists and Digital Preservation Officers are essentially the new hybrid Librarians of the 21st Century. Digital Asset Managers or I'll call them DAMs for the purposes of this entry, like their traditional predecessors, still possess exceptional organizational dexterity, and an unrivaled commitment to the preservation of our history, now coupled with technical...

My “cons” list for the digitization of your assets is a bit shorter, especially considering the last 20-years of my life happened simultaneously with the digitization explosion, also known as “The Digital Age”, not only of the World Wide Web, but of document imaging, digital photography, on-line videos, Facebook, Tweeting and Blogging, on-line books and magazines, and Google’s digitization frenzy of every person, place and thing.

I am surprised more often than not, that so few in our industry recognize, and/or promote the obvious and significant “Green” aspect of digitization. By eliminating the necessity for producing excessive hard copies of our intellectual properties, digitization is changing our very relationship with the Earth, by dramatically reducing the amount of natural resources we consume on a daily basis....

Digitization - in practical business terms - is the process of creating electronic resources from your physical assets, and has rapidly evolved into one of the most recognized forms of organizational efficiency for companies today, and tomorrow. Proper digitization is more than just scanning and storing documents in an electronic format. Digitization is a strategy that involves systems, tools and technologies,...