(photo by member Bluesky1963)
LibraryThing is hiring(1) a full-time, bookish, social-media savvy employee. We want someone who lives and breathes books, and would jump at the chance to talk to book lovers, authors, publishers and librarians.(2)
This is an anywhere position, but we will favor Portland, Maine people. If you live elsewhere, you’ll be expected to spend time in Portland at the start of the job, and return on a regular basis.
- Love books
- Love people, or at least not hate them
- Be in tune with What Makes LibraryThing LibraryThing
- Be deeply familiar with social media and bookish social media
- Write well and quickly
- Be hard-working, optimistic, and detail-oriented
- Able to work and set goals independently
- A book-world background (librarian, bookseller, publishing, etc.)
- Professional social-media experience
- Technical skills (HTML, CSS, SQL, PHP, etc.)
- LibraryThing membership, familiarity
- Some useless expertise and passion, to fit in with the rest of the staff.
- Write our newsletters, blog posts, tweets, and Facebook posts
- Coordinate our Early Reviewers program
- Assist members with problems
- Be an active presence on the site, well-known to members and participating in important LibraryThing discussions
- Suggest and help develop new features and projects
- Learn, analyze and look for new opportunities
Compensation: Salary plus gold-plated health and dental insurance. We require hard work, but we are flexible about hours.
How to apply: Resume [as a PDF file] is good. Don’t send one of those overboiled cover letters, sent as another damn Microsoft Word document titled “Cover Letter,” but a brief introduction would be good, recapitulating the bullets above and how they do or don’t fit you. Send emails to email@example.com.(3)
1. Jeremy (member JBD1) is moving on and up; he’ll be the new Director of Communications and Outreach at Rare Book School in Charlottesville, VA. It’s a great move for Jeremy–he’s been going down there to help them run the summer sessions for four years now. He’ll continue as unofficial-but-unquestioned leader of the Legacy Libraries project. We’ll bid him a proper good-bye in a later blog post.
2. In another company this might be called a “social media manager” job, but we don’t “manage” our members, we talk to them. We don’t want fake, we want nice but genuine.
3. Please title the email “LTSOCMED [your name].” Also, follow directions–even the ones at the end of a blog post.