5 Things Thursday: Lightroom, DAM, Rock and Roll, Scholarly Journals

Admittedly, this week I wanted to write about my awesome new Origins Ginzing mascara and the crush worthy Stuart Weitzman boots at Nordstrom, but this is a blog about information damn it.

  1. For photographers, how to better utilize Adobe Lightroom as a digital asset management tool by using Smart Collections.
  2. Hysterical article by David Diamond on the DAM disconnect when it comes to humans searching. Features some of my favorite lines from the perspective of the DAM system “What the hell are you really looking for? I hate humans. Find your own damned file.”
  3. Adam Wead from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame archive talks about their systems. Yummy catalog records and stuff.
  4. Please contribute answers to this question “What are the most important considerations when planning the introduction of a DAM system?”
  5. Wonder what scholarly journals you should read or where you should aspire to publish?

What Does a Digital Asset Manager Need to Know?

Here’s a great article on CMS Wire by Henrik de Gyor that explains what a good digital asset manager needs to know. Since I am a DAM, I was particularly interested to see the proposed skill set which includes some likely and unlikely qualities such as:

  • Resourcefulness
  • Willingness to help people
  • The ability to explain the system and processes to users in their terms, not techy elitist terms
  • Accountability
  • Proactiveness
  • Enthusiasm and being an “agent of change”
  • The ability to speak up
  • How to create, impart and implement processes
  • Being able to track performance, accuracy of metadata and errors
  • How to use the LAMP Solution Stack
  • A love of information
  • Knowing how to say no

Also, there is some useful information on determining DAM maturity which can really help roadmap future growth and goals for your system. I am going to dive into this and also brush up on my LAMP – starting by learning mySQL in October. I was happy to see that I already exhibit many of the other qualities listed.