Fantasy digital library job description: content partnerships coordinator

Wilhelmina Randtke randtke at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 23 12:20:17 EDT 2014

Chattanooga Public Library hosts hackathons and has a makerspace.  Here's
more info on that

UNT's data management ("corral" and other cowboy names) and probably other
big university data management initiatives are getting to be closer and
closer to taking library services to external stakeholders.  Partly, this
is because in a huge university, other departments are external
stakeholder.  Partly, this is because many states have a level of
cooperation that's mandated between universities.  (Hint, hint, I would be
curious to hear what Georgia's doing, because that's a state with a hugely
mandated level of cooperation between libraries and more sharing of systems
than most state systems.)

The DPLA hubs for digitization of materials will also lay a framework for
doing more cooperation later.  I'm at a tiny private Catholic university,
St. Mary's of San Antonio, and all our law school student newspapers are in
the process of digitization through the DPLA hub Portal to Texas History at
UNT.  So, that's a library we've never done business with before, that now
we're doing business with.

-Wilhelmina Randtke

On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Cindy <gealach at> wrote:

> 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,
> Cindy
> Cynthia Zweier
> Librarian
> NYC 311 Content Management Analyst and Website Lead
> On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM, Phillips-Bacher, Jennifer <
> 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
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