Fantasy digital library job description: content partnerships coordinator

Cabus, Michael CabusM at PHILAU.EDU
Fri May 23 11:41:14 EDT 2014

  I think Jenn is just having fun, making up a pretend library job that would be the “dream job”…

I heard a dream job title on a podcast this week: explorer-in-residence; it satisfies both my desire for adventure and my need to be grounded, all at the same time.

Happy Friday everyone,


Systems Librarian, Paul J. Gutman Library
Philadelphia University
Phone. 215.951.5365

From: Web technologies in libraries [mailto:WEB4LIB at LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of Cindy
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2014 11:20 AM
Subject: Re: [WEB4LIB] Fantasy digital library job description: content partnerships coordinator

Hi Jenn,

Are you set on this being a "library" job? I know that New York City and New York State both have active open data initiatives that host hackathons, though I don't know of any open positions at the moment. There are other American cities like Chicago and San Francisco with similar programs. There may be some private sector jobs as well, but I've mostly been working in government.

From what you're describing, it sounds like you want to expand your search outside of the traditional "library" setting.

Best of luck,

Cynthia Zweier
NYC 311 Content Management Analyst and Website Lead

On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM, Phillips-Bacher, Jennifer <J.Phillips-Bacher at<mailto:J.Phillips-Bacher at>> wrote:
Hello all

It's Friday, so what better time is there to draft a new fantasy job description?

I'd be interested to find out if anyone employs someone in the role of 'content partnerships coordinator' [working title], someone who is responsible for:

- seeking out opportunities to share open library data + digitised content with partner platforms, and managing those relationships
- organising open data events like hackdays, edit-a-thons, and so on
- advocating for an organisation's digitisation + open data programmes to external stakeholders
- coordinating transfer of data from one platform to another (requiring technical skills, understanding of metadata schemas, APIs etc)
- and generally just being the person who gets to have fun going to all the digital library/digital humanities events, meeting interesting people and pushing open data to the broadest possible audience.

Does this sound like anything that exists? I'm putting this out to a few other lists and to Twitter, but I'd welcome any thoughts you might have (besides 'good luck getting approval for that post!').

Best wishes

Jenn Phillips-Bacher
Web Editor
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