WebJunction has always been about community and learning. Because this is at the heart of both how and why we operate, we wanted to share some WebJunction news with our members, partners and Libraryland at large that is not as easy, fun or joyful to share as usual.
Over the last two years, to build the latest expanded and improved iteration of WebJunction, we have made a series of rapid expansions in staff. During this process we have always staffed our organization appropriately for the tasks at hand and the projects currently being undertaken. Up until now this has meant a continual expansion of staff and departments.
However, now that our new platform is launched, and after reviewing our future plans, along with consideration of the downturn of the economy here in the US, we have concluded that we must make some difficult staffing adjustments.
Sadly, internally for WebJunction, this means that several people on staff that have helped us grow have roles that must be redirected and refocused into other areas. In real terms that means both the elimination of some positions and the adjustment of others.
Partners and members can count on the same level of service and responsiveness. However, internally at WebJunction this means we will have fewer staff and will have to say goodbye to some employees that we both highly value and deeply appreciate.
We sincerely want our members, partners and Libraryland at large to know that WebJunction is still running full steam ahead. In fact, these changes will help us to continue to roll out new products and services, as well as pursue new partnerships in the library community in the coming years.
While this is a very difficult process to go through organizationally we know that it is necessary and will ultimately help ensure WebJunction’s sustainability and relevance as a learning community for everyone. All the folks at WebJunction would also like to add that there are now a few WebJunction “alumni” that could make powerful additions to your organization. If they worked at WebJunction you can bet that they are intelligent, hard working and highly valuable assets to the library field and we hope you’ll join us in wishing them well.
If you have any questions please feel free to email us individually, leave a comment on this post or drop us a line at email@example.com.
Back in August when the WJ team was busy launching our new site, we neglected to mark the departure of an important member of our team, Joe Anderson.
Joe joined the WebJunction team right after the launch of the original WJ site in May 2003. In his early days he served as the site’s content manager. He wrote original content, crafted the early version of our newsletter, Crossroads, and pulled together useful resources and links for our monthly focus. He even started BlogJunction.
In 2006, Joe led a site refresh of WJ that overhauled the look and feel of the site. Over the past 18 months, Joe played a critical role in selecting, integrating, and implementing the current WJ platform tools. In addition to his leadership and technical implementation skills, WebJunction also benefited from his musical talent and humor. Joe has a unique ability to rewrite song lyrics to poke fun at office life, technology, – you name it. For example, while we were testing out a new version of WJ in what had been dubbed “The Sandbox”, Joe penned a song to the tune of “Mr. Sandman” that had us all in stitches.
Joe will be missed but luckily he isn’t going far. He will be just up the street from WJ, implementing cool online technologies with Forum One Communications. We wish him the best!
WebJunction is hiring immediately for a full-time Special Projects Coordinator for the Community Services Team. The position will support all aspects of WebJunction.org site maintenance and up-keep; assist in daily administrative tasks associated with member and customer communications, staff travel and logistics planning. This is a one-year position with full benefits, based in Seattle.
·Upload, update, reorganize, and archive website content through content management system as directed; maintain and facilitate team-related wikis, message boards, and blogs; assist in development of new feature formats, including multimedia.
·Create collaborative agenda for monthly user group meetings; assist with regular communications and data reporting to customer partners (i.e., quarterly snapshots, PowerPoint and LiveSpace files, and other regular communications); set up meetings, LiveSpace rooms; assist with invoicing and contracts.
·Assist with staff travel, expense reporting, and meeting logistics planning.
·Special projects, as assigned: i.e., customer toolkits, new member programs, team research and information sharing, conference planning and proposals.
·Office management and/or administrative experience required
·Experience with web-based tools (e.g., content and event management systems) required; HTML knowledge preferred
·Interest or experience in libraries, social networking, and/or interactive web-design strongly preferred
Interested candidates should apply online with cover letter and resume at http://www.oclc.org/careers/default.htm.