This is helpful.
In the long term, I need to understand these market rates and get organized
in such a fashion that I can be a competitive employer.
I'm not running a library... I'm running a non-profit / consortium, and I
think that if I want to offer top notch member services I need to work my
way toward a model that can sustain top talent.
While I listed this as a 1 year job, I have every intention of growing a
team I can sustain over time.
Any idea might I look to find average salary information?
Much thanks for your thoughtful response
On Wed, Jul 3, 2019 at 11:17 AM Turner, Steven <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi Nate - we have good luck with our CS / EE / MIS student body, we have
> hired some very good developers over the years. Perhaps you could work with
> a few local colleges/universities to hire student workers, I would contact
> the chairs of those departments and explain your dilemma, and they could
> probably help you locate / push a want ad to various student listservs,
> slack channels, etc. I am finding that it is very, very hard to find/hire
> developers for the salary levels most libraries and public institutions can
> pay, but that if we pay a bit above normal hourly wages (eg, 12-15/hour) we
> can locate and utilize some very, very talented future uber developers.
> Drawbacks are that it’s best to locate and hire sophomores and juniors -
> freshman are usually too fresh, and seniors are focused on internships and
> projects, and that nice future, high-paying job. Additionally, it takes a
> bit of time to train them on your languages and your particular setup, as
> well as the project. it’s more documentation-intensive because you have to
> achieve continuity between hires, so you need to document the heck out of
> what they are doing, and really map your projects well. They also generally
> can only work 20 hours or less during a given semester, and it’s also
> important to recognize that they are kids, and are in school, so that is
> their priority, not your organization or library.
> Despite the caveats, it usually works out well for us, just a bit more
> overhead and maintanence than a standard hire.I hope that was informative.
> Steven Turner, MLIS
> Manager, Web Technologies and Development, Assistant Professor
> University Libraries
> The University of Alabama
> 416 Gorgas Library | Box 870266, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0266
> office 205-348-1638
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> On Jul 3, 2019, at 9:07 AM, Nate Hill <[log in to unmask]<mailto:
> [log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm looking for some advice on other places beyond libraryland where I
> might recruit a developer for the new repository service we are developing
> at the Metropolitan New York Library Council.
> About a week ago I posted a job for a Digital Repository Developer on the
> code4lib job board.
> When I posted it here, I hit all (or most) of the other usual or
> appropriate spots... web4lib, lita, drupal4lib, etc. And yay, I do indeed
> have some resumes already, so *thank you* to those communities!
> I wonder though: does anyone on the list have experience (good or bad) or
> stories to share about recruiting from other places outside our immediate
> professional circles... CS programs, code schools, etc? I'm really
> committed to putting in the time and energy to scour the earth to find the
> right fit and to build a happy, healthy team for this initiative.
> Thanks for your thoughts-
> Nate Hill