Digital Asset Management Links — July 8, 2016

Mertz library digital archives

A digital selection from the Mertz Library collections, chosen by the head of special collections, research and archives, Stephen Sinon.
Credit: New York Botanical Gardens via

After my trip to the Special Libraries Association (SLA) meeting last month we’ve planned some great content this month around opportunities for librarians working outside the library – in particular, as digital asset management (DAM) system administrators. Librarian skills in organization, taxonomy, and information retrieval make them valuable additions to corporation and non-profits as DAM admins, content analysts, and rich media managers.

More about that in an upcoming DAMchamp interview with the fascinating taxonomist Jenny Benevento.

As a result of this library skills focus, the DAM links will be heavy on library stuff today…and maybe throughout the month!

First, an interesting report on DAM pricing. If you are shopping for a DAM and comparing options, you may have found that it’s hard to get good data on system pricing. If pricing information appears at all, it’s not always in a consistent way. For example, some fees include implementation support and training, others do not. This article by Ralph Windsor is worth the read if you want an overview of DAM pricing considerations and quantitative numbers on average costs, storage allowances, users, and more. – CMSWire

Librarian Monica Shin of the Boston Public library works on the Commonwealth Project, a digitization effort that has brought almost 100,000 books, photos, prints, and more to the public. Her recommendations for managing your personal file collection echoes the words to DAM admins everywhere: “Figure out what kind of organization scheme makes the most sense to you.” Then be consistent in using it and manage projects by breaking them down into small parts. – Boston Globe

Speaking of providing access to library content, the University of Michigan is hosting over 14 million digital books for people who are blind or otherwise print-disabled. The effort is a partnership between the university and the National Federation of the Blind. – MLive

Mertz Library, located in the New York Botanical Gardens, was awarded a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The project coincides with the 125th anniversary of the botanical gardens. – The Huffington Post

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