Why Madison Public Library is hiring for new staff
Madison Public Libraries has hired about a dozen new staffers, part of a $9 million investment to upgrade its online and mobile services.
The move comes after a review by the Wisconsin Library Association that found the library had not kept up with technology changes.
“We have a very good online and digital-based customer base,” said Linda Zink, the association’s vice president of communications and public affairs.
“And it’s a new generation of users, and a lot of them have been coming to Madison for years.
We really wanted to bring in more people who were knowledgeable about digital and online services.”
Zink said the new hires include senior information technology workers who will oversee technology for libraries and digital media and the operations department, which will focus on maintaining the library’s website and digital libraries.
Zink and other board members said they are also trying to attract and retain a variety of different types of library staff, including computer programmers, IT specialists, data analysts and data managers.
The library also announced that it will open its new digital-only service, the Madison Public Archives, in mid-September.
It’s the first digital-accessible archive in the state, with a new digital scanning facility in Madison.
Zink did not give an estimate for how many people would work for the library.
The association’s review said the library needs about 200 new employees to support the growing digital library, which is expected to open in 2019.
The board has not disclosed the salary of the new employees.
A spokesperson for the governor’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.
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