Digital Services Coordinator

New York City
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Created: July 23, 2015


The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Digital Services Coordinator.

The Digital Services Coordinator will support Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York (DCMNY), an online collection hosting service for members of the Metropolitan New York Library Council. DCMNY is currently powered by Islandora; the Digital Services Coordinator will need to be comfortable with Linux, Fedora Commons, Drupal, and custom PHP modifications. The ideal candidate will be confident with this technology stack and is up to date on other frameworks and repository solutions (e.g. Apache SOLR, Ruby/Rails, Blacklight, Hydra). She or he will make recommendations and lead a migration to a different platform should this be advantageous.

METRO’s staff of 15+ people hosts classes and events for our membership. The Digital Services Coordinator will also collaborate with the METRO staff to maintain the technical infrastructure for the office and community space. This support includes but is not limited to: wireless network, VOIP network, hardware/software support, technology purchasing, and Google apps.

Finally, the Digital Services Coordinator will have an outward-facing role at METRO; she or he will engage with the New York/Westchester technology community beyond the library world. Civic hacking, big data, data literacy, physical computing, the IoT, and gigabit fiber networks are topics that should get you excited and light you up with new ideas. This outward-facing role will lead to new initiatives, new opportunities, and new perspectives at METRO. The Digital Services Coordinator will be central to their design and implementation.

The ideal candidate is a curious, creative, and communicative technologist who will be responsible for supporting and developing a wide variety of services at METRO. Vision and leadership come from all levels of this lean organization, so the ideal Digital Services Coordinator will combine humility and grace with expertise and authority. She or he identifies as a capable programmer and believes in beautiful, concise, and well-commented code.

The Digital Services Coordinator will have some opportunity to work remotely, but will need to be on site regularly in our space on 11th street in Manhattan as well. METRO is a fun and collaborative workplace full of energy and enthusiasm.

METRO offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.
METRO is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send a .pdf copy of your resume and cover letter along with any other material you would like considered part of your application to


METRO is the largest of nine library councils in the state of New York, with METRO serving all of New York City and Westchester County. These councils were founded in the 1960s to facilitate the sharing of resources between different types of libraries and archives: academic, public, art, museum, corporate, and more. In the past, programmatic efforts have been primarily focused on the discovery and delivery of physical materials. Today, METRO is increasingly oriented toward the digital, in work ranging from collaborative digitization projects that engage our diverse membership to the administration of the Empire State Digital Network, a service hub of the Digital Public Library of America. In addition, METRO offers a wide variety of classes, lectures, events, and other professional development activities.

METRO aims to serve as a laboratory and experimental space for our growing membership, combining new developments in librarianship with emerging technologies drawn from parallel fields. The Digital Services Coordinator will help drive this innovation.

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