Job Posting: Empire State Digital Network Technology Specialist

Jason Kucsma jkucsma at METRO.ORG
Wed May 14 07:57:20 EDT 2014

Located in New York City, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
is a nonprofit member services organization serving more than 260
libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage nonprofits in New York
City and Westchester County. METRO has an almost 50-year tradition of
providing a range of programs and services to its members, including
grants, consultative and digital services, collaborative initiatives, and
professional development and training. We are seeking an enthusiastic,
dedicated individual to manage Empire State Digital Network (ESDN), a
statewide initiative to deliver content from New York’s cultural heritage
institutions to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

The ESDN Technology Specialist is a full-time, newly created position for
one year with the possibility of extension. This position is open to
early-career and experienced information professionals. Candidates should
be enthusiastic about supporting expanded access to digital collections
from New York libraries, archives and cultural heritage institutions via
the DPLA.

In coordination with the ESDN Manager and Metadata Specialist, the
Technology Specialist will participate in the implementation of key
technologies to meet ESDN program objectives. This person will focus on
developing the technical processes necessary to accomplish required data
manipulation and transformations. The Technology Specialist will configure
open-source tools and will develop custom programming solutions to
streamline project workflows as needed. Creativity, flexibility and the
ability to experiment and invent will be essential.


   - Work as a flexible member of a small, highly-collaborative team.
   - Configure REPOX and other ingest, harvest, and data normalization
   tools for ESDN project needs.
   - Work closely with ESDN Manager and Metadata Specialist to write and
   apply XSLT data transformations according to defined project specifications.
   - Select, configure and manage technology solutions for data
   normalization tasks as needed.
   - Provide programming and technical support for all components of
   multiple ESDN workflows.
   - Envision, develop and implement custom programming solutions to
   streamline data ingest, remediation, and transformation processes as needed.
   - Work closely with METRO Digital Services Manager to provide technical
   support for METRO administered collections in Fedora/Islandora as needed.


   - Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science or a related degree.
   - Experience working in a library, archive or cultural heritage
   organization, or affiliated educational, non-profit, or professional
   - Experience with standard software and web application development
   tools and programming languages and technologies including JavaScript,
   Python, JSON, and Ruby.
   - Strong working knowledge of XML, XPath/XQuery, and XSLT required.
   - Knowledge of library practices and data formats including XML,
   OAI-PMH, MODS, MARC, and Dublin Core.
   - Experience installing and configuring open-source software tools
   relevant to LAMs digital collections and specifically to databases and
   - Ability to administer PHP/MySQL applications.
   - Experience working with version control systems.
   - Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well in a
   highly collaborative, team-oriented environment.
   - Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

This position will remain open until filled. The ESDN Technology Specialist
works in collaboration with the ESDN Manager and Technology Specialist. The
salary range is $60,000-70,000, commensurate with skills and experience.
METRO provides excellent benefits, pension, and leave package. Position may
entail four-day, 35-hour workweek. METRO’s offices are located at 57 E.
11th Street in New York City. Remote employment within the mid-Atlantic
region will be considered.

The application period ends May 30th, 2014. Please send a resume or cv and
a cover letter as a PDF attachment to info at with “ESDN Technology
Specialist” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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