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What digital divide?

When it comes to all things digital, generational gaps have been steadily closing. But recently, so are the gaps between digital asset management, content management, and knowledge management.

I got to thinking about this after reading Conrad De Aenlle's piece in The New York Times about the growing profession of digital archivists. With this career path emerging, it seems there is a blurring of the lines, or perhaps a convergence of function, surrounding roles that involve digital asset management, content management, and knowledge management.

As Jacob Nadal states in the article, "'If you want to work in a library, you have to deal in electronic resources.'"

And I think that's true in reverse as well. If you want to work with electronic resources, chances are you’ll be involved in some kind of library function -- be it cataloging, archiving, preserving, or disseminating those resources.

It's encouraging to see a field that is doing well these days. The broad scope of digital assets in both the public and private sectors is sure to increase its reach into other organizational areas as more content goes online and requires mediation and management.

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