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Come Work with Me …

… and lots of other great people too! MPOW (aka Princeton Public Library) is seeking an Information Technology Director and we really want someone who is on board with all things 2.0 and can lead us forward. We have a tech savvy staff eager to implement new ideas, a great new building and an ideal location in the heart of downtown Princeton. Here is the official job posting.

Information Technology Director

The Princeton Public Library, located in the heart of downtown Princeton, two blocks from Princeton University, is seeking an experienced information technology professional to shape the future of technology and digital initiatives in its new Information Technology Director position.

The ideal candidate for this exciting new position is a strategic thinker able to anticipate upcoming technology needs and identify emerging solutions, while overseeing the daily operation of all library systems, including installations, maintenance, upgrades, troubleshooting and systems integration. The Information Technology Director will be responsible for forming and managing an IT support team, implementing, monitoring and maintaining operational standards and procedures, and ensuring a high level of service and functionality to library users and staff.

Our environment consists of

  • Innovative Millenium Integrated Library System
  • Two self checkout computers with RFID
  • Over 100 public work stations with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Computer & Wireless Network
  • Over 70 staff work stations
  • Mail Servers
  • ·Technology Center with Smart Board
  • Community Room with media equipment
  • Phone Network
  • Alarm & Security Systems

Experience and background

Extensive experience in systems administration along with demonstrated success in a leadership role is required. Experience with library applications and Web 2.0 is highly desired. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in computer science/information technology or a related field is required. Certification as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer is also desirable.

Qualified candidates are asked to email a cover letter and resume, including salary requirements (resumes without salary requirements will not be considered) to with IT Director listed in the subject line. No phone inquires, please.

We offer an excellent benefits package including 22 vacation days.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

August 9, 2007 at 11:28 am 1 comment

The Bottom Line: Libraries Boost the Economy!

I love it when I come across articles that quantitatively prove the value of public libraries, and it seems like I have read several lately. The one I just finished reading is too good not to share!

Study: Libraries offer big returns.

In specific, it is facts such as the one quoted below that we all need to be able to call upon when our budgets are challenged:

The bottom-line conclusion: Pennsylvania public libraries provide a “return on investment” of $5.50 for every $1 of taxpayer funding.

If every state had a study where we could prove our worth in such a manner to the voting public it would be a wonderful world.

August 7, 2007 at 9:07 am 4 comments

Enjoy the Smorgasborg!

Quote of the Day:

The library is like one big smorgasbord. It’s easy to pick up something and try it out.

Taken from the article “The value in your library may amaze y0u” that was posted today on

It is a short article that does an admirable job of pointing out the value of a library to a community — and it even includes a link the Maine State Library’s really great library calculator — a really useful tool that demonstrates how much money can be saved by using a public library.

I also love this marketing idea that the Kenton Public Library will rolling out shortly:

In September, the Library offers cardholders even more value. Libraries in Kenton, Boone, Campbell and Grant Counties have joined with local businesses to offer a discount to anyone who presents a library card. This partnership was formed to encourage residents to use of obtain a library card. More than 50 local businesses including Snappy Tomato Pizza, Golden Corral, Sherwin Williams, Mad Cup Café, and Pawsitively Perfect Grooming understand the value the library provides to the community and local businesses.

August 2, 2007 at 8:34 pm

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