I was stoked to see our Digital Initiatives Coordinator position posted earlier today. We have been without a full-time field officer for nearly eight months, though Kevin Clarke (lead programmer) has served with distinction – and with nary a complaint! (Well, okay, there may have been some complaints, but he always had a smile on his face.)

Here are some reasons you might consider this position:

  • A chance to get in on the ground floor -- our team is still undecided on many important issues, so you would have the opportunity to shape the organization.
  • Work with a broad range of technologies, such as Java, Ruby, XQuery, XForms, native XML databases, Solr, and more.
  • Assist in the ongoing effort to select repositories for various use cases -- we're evaluating DSpace, several Fedora front-ends, and the X-Hive/DB native XML database
  • Many rare and beautiful library collections.
  • Great location -- it hardly seems like New Jersey!
  • Lead the digital collections team, currently consisting of four librarian programmers and five digitization gurus.
  • Forge ties with one of the finest faculties in academia.
  • Comprehensive benefits package -- 24 days vacation, the whole insurance kit and kaboodle, and so on.
  • Uncommon amount of support (financial and otherwise) for professional development.
  • ... and you get to work with me! But seriously, the great team we have assembled has been a big part of why I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Princeton.

You can get a sense of the work we’ve been doing by browsing our Digital Collections, though that’s only the tip of the iceberg, and the site will be overhauled in the coming months.

Have some digital initiatives experience? Ready for leadership responsibilities and an environment in which you will hone your vision? Then by all means, check it out. An MLS is not required.