I think a great question would be: what would you REALLY like to be doing?
And I'm meaning that professionally, not "I'd rather be
sailing/sleeping/drinking a beer." Pretend that the daily niggling bits of
the job are gone and money is no object -- what would you do?

I love your variation to the question! I am currently in library school
because I REALLY want to be a digital archivist! Like one of our other
responses, I've done a lot of other things and discovered what I WANT to do
along the way. Once upon a time, I wanted to own and run a gymnastics
business. Been there, done that, and did it well. Time to respond to my love
of history, books, and this strange desire to play with the newest
technologies I can get my hands on.


On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 11:34 AM, MJ Ray <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Eric Hellman wrote:
> > I think it's a good question, worth asking about *every* dev
> > position being hired for.  I would be interested to hear an answer
> > from others on the list. In fact, I think the price of putting a
> > position announcement on Code4lib should be a willingness to answer
> > "why?". And "why not?" is a pretty pathetic answer.
> >
> > For me, I'm doing what I'm doing because I think it's important and
> > because no one else is doing it. I hope there are many other with a
> > similar answer.
> I answered part of this a while ago:
> The tl;dr is "to provide computer-related services..." and I do that
> in a co-op so that we get hired for those services, not for our flesh
> and time. ;-)
> Regards,
> --
> MJ Ray (slef), member of, a for-more-than-profit co-op.
> supporter, web and LMS developer, statistician.
> In My Opinion Only: see
> Available for hire for Koha work