The innovative library-meets-social software company LibraryThing
(http://www.librarything.com), is looking for one or two exceptional
programmers�library programmers if possible. We are looking for
full-time employees, but part-timers with drive an interest will also
be considered. Unless by some stroke of luck you're in Maine, this is
a TELECOMMUTING job, with some fly-ups to brainstorm and check in.
What we're looking for:
The principle job requirements are intelligence, creativity and the
drive to create great things. LibraryThing is a startup in the process
of starting-up, so you need to be able to brainstorm ideas, learn new
things quickly and manage yourself effectively. You need to be
on-board from day one, working at the peak of your skills.
LibraryThing is a straight LAMP site�Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. Even
if that's not your primary development platform, you need to feel
comfortable with it. You should be at least proficient in HTML, CSS
administration experience would be a plus. Experience with MARC (and
other) library formats, Z39.50, AWS, API development, FRBR, user
experience, usability, graphic design, knowledge of OPAC and ILS
systems, would all be great.
LibraryThing allows users to catalog their books, using Amazon and 45
libraries around the world (via Z39.50). Once you've cataloged some
books, LibraryThing becomes social software�your books connect you
with other who have the same books, generate recommendations, and so
forth. You can tag, rate and review, There's also a collaborative
wiki-like element, where users disambiguate authors and editions, what
Steve Lawson (See Also) called "reverse engineering FRBR." All told,
LibraryThing is pushing at the bounds of library science and social
software. The Christian Science monitor called LibraryThing "poised to
turn the cataloging of books into a form of communal recreation."
Steve Cohen (LibraryStuff) wrote in Public Libraries magazine "I've
seen the future of online catalogs, and its name is LibraryThing."
LibraryThing is on the way up. It'll never be MySpace, but it's on
track to be the coolest book site on the web, and an influence on
library technology for years to come. You can be one of a handful of
people who made that happen. Lose the cubicle and the pointy-haired
boss. Make cool stuff all day long. Work in flip-flops and a towel for
all we care.
Send a resume and an example of something you've made, then let's talk.
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