Benetech (http://www.benetech.org/ ) has a unique and exciting opportunity for a Librarian for Bookshare.org, the world's largest collection of digital electronic books for the blind and print disabled. Benetech was founded in 1989 with an explicit goal to create new technology solutions that serve humanity and empower people to improve their lives. Led by Jim Fruchterman, a leading social entrepreneur and MacArthur Fellow, Benetech’s mission is to lead the world in creative, effective applications of technology to unmet social needs. We focus on projects that offer the greatest social return on funds invested.
In 2007 Benetech was awarded $32 million by the Federal Government to expand Bookshare.org’s online collection to over 100,000 additional volumes in support of all print-disabled students nationwide. Currently, the Bookshare.org library contains over 39,000 volumes. The librarian for Bookshare.org will shepherd the collection through its growth as one of the nation's foremost educational resources for disabled students in this country. This is a technical position and ideal for someone interested in the challenge of devising and implementing a cutting edge on-line cataloging scheme that meets the needs of a specialized population while maintaining standard library interfaces.
This position is full time, onsite in Palo Alto, California and reports to the Director of Operations for Bookshare.org. Resumes from candidates requesting 30/hrs week will be considered.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
If you would like to help us grow Benetech, please send your resume and a cover letter to [log in to unmask] or Human Resources at 650/475-1066 (fax). In your cover letter, please (a) explain why you would like to work for us and (b) discuss your relevant background.
Salaries at Benetech are commensurate with education, experience and responsibility, and are competitive with private-sector positions.