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 position, it has quickly become a necessity in almost every industry. With over 20,000 asset managers working throughout the world (in almost every industry) today, and those numbers projected to triple within the next decade, the good news for executives and IT professionals is that many more options are now available.
Whether you work in corporate America, government, academia, law or medicine/healthcare, a good portion of your business is now conducted in the digital marketplace, and that volume is only growing. More content is digital, making the need for managing these assets (and the position of Digital Asset Manager) increasingly critical to future success.
When it comes to digitization and management of information assets, you can consider the following needs and options for hiring and contracting the right resources to meet typical requirements:
- Recovery of archives and assets lost in a crisis, including storage repository recovery and expansion.
- Digitization and organization of specific assets for a specific project.
- Cataloging, meta-tagging and organization of your digital and physical assets, followed by training of your internal information management staff for the ongoing, in-house administration.
- Retaining a contracted digital asset manager for the administration of your asset library.
- Adding an experienced digital asset manager to compliment your in-house employees for the digitization and permanent administration of your library.
Next, in Part-3 of this series, I will cover the specific skill sets that librarians and other information managers need in the Digital Age.
Four-Part Series Links:
Part 1 – Most Commonly Outsourced Digital Information Management Functions Today
Part 2 – Contracting or Hiring to Manage Your Digital Information Assets
Part 3 – Skill Sets Needed for Digital Information Asset Management Positions
Part 4 – Outsourcing Pros vs. Hiring Pros
“Libraries are not made; they grow.” – Augustine Birrell