Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Managing Many Assets

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Managing Many Assets

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Librarians have always managed lots of assets. There are the books and magazines, of course, sometimes special collections or rare archival items, and often media assets like films and recordings. Like any other business-people, librarians also have to manage financial and personnel assets. But now there are so many digital assets--electronic journals, digital images, e-books, PDF files, electronic reserves and theses--that the whole game has changed. The items that exist in the physical realm take a lot of work to organize, yet, at least you can get your hands on them and put them somewhere. Then you know where to retrieve them from later. But with digital assets, you can't just choose a shelf to put documents on. You have to organize them into sets, get them into databases, index them, make them as search-friendly as possible, and know how to retrieve and maintain them. Oh, and then there's licensing and authentication to worry about. For many of you out there, this sort of organizing is not what you signed up for.

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Yet, technology marches on, and more and more collections are going digital. …

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