Looking for a Web Developer

Wanna move to Kansas? We’re looking for a Web Developer:

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is seeking a creative, energetic Web Developer to help move our Digital Branch to the next level of sophistication. The successful candidate will help maintain and build-out tscpl.org, help develop specialty sites, build searchable databases, and work on web design.

Required qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree plus 2 years experience building websites and web applications, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Web 2.0 mindset and an understanding of Web 2.0 philosophies, including integrating all platforms from podcasts to text messages to handheld devices to social networking platforms.
  • Strong demonstrated background in XHTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, XML, XSLT
  • Demonstrated ability to seek out and learn new technology
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service
  • Ability to work in and contribute to a diverse team environment
  • Must be a self-starter

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with web 2.0 APIs including del.icio.us, flickr, Google maps, etc
  • Library experience, especially in a public library
  • Design experience would be helpful
  • MLS

Technology Job at Washburn University

Just a head’s up for those looking for a tech job in a library. Last week at Computers in Libraries, I met another Topeka librarian – Alan Bearman, the Interim Dean of Libraries at Washburn University in Topeka, KS. After we got over meeting in DC instead of Topeka, he mentioned a job opening his library has. The job is titled Technology Librarian – in reading the job description (one of many on this page), it sounds like this person will be VERY busy!

What struck me about this position was what Alan told me about it – he is “looking to hire someone to help push the envelope” … and to help “develop a vision for a 21st Century Library for Washburn University.” Sound fun to you? Then go for it!

Interesting Job Titles

From my comments, someone just asked for a list of interesting librarian-related job titles. Can you guys help out? I’ll start the list off with some previous posts of mine:

Then add in a few others:

So – does anyone want to add to this list? Thanks!

Looking for a Server Geek!

Hey – want to live in Topeka and work at my library? We are looking for a Digital Services Supervisor – here’s the description:

We’re looking for someone in love with systems, servers, tech projects, and change. Someone capable of bringing cutting-edge ideas to the table and who thrives in a culture of teamwork. Someone who finds satisfaction in enabling the majority to do great things through technology.

Position Summary: Reporting to the Digital Branch & Services Manager [ed – that’s me!], the Digital Services Supervisor supervises a Systems Administrator, a Database Administrator, and three Help Desk Technicians. This position also is responsible for installing, supporting, and maintaining the library’s servers, assisting with the development, implementation and management of systems, managing networks and communications, and overseeing the provision of regular and on-call technical support and training to users.

And follow this link to the detailed job description. Sound like fun? Then send in your application!

10 Questions to Ask New Administrators

Pretend for a second that your organization is hiring a new administrator – a library director, assistant/deputy director, or something similar. What 2.0 questions might you ask? Here’s a list of 10 questions from the Logic+Emotion blog to ask a marketing agency executive:

  1. Do you read blogs. Which ones?
  2. Do you have a personal blog? What’s it about?
  3. Do you participate in at least one social network? Which one?
  4. Have you ever uploaded a video online? What did you use to do it?
  5. What’s your favorite search engine. Why?
  6. Have you ever used an online classified service like craigslist?
  7. Besides making phone calls—how else do you use your mobile phone?
  8. Have you ever registered a domain name?
  9. Do you use social bookmarks or tagging?
  10. Do you use a feed reader of some sort? Which one? Why?

The author goes on to explain: “You are looking for a sense of understanding that only comes with
experiencing something for yourself … It’s not important
to have done everything in this list—but it’s critical to have done
SOME of it.” The goal is to find a basic level of understanding, to find (in this case) a marketing executive that gets new media, new media outlets, and understands how customers digitally interact.

Now – think back to that library administrator. How might he/she answer these questions? Better yet – HOW would you want these questions answered?

Something to think about…