Boston, MA – The Digital Public Library of America (dp.la) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mark A. Matienzo as the DPLA’s first Director of Technology, beginning December 6, 2013.
As Director of Technology, Matienzo will be responsible for the overall technology vision for the DPLA, planning and mapping the future of the recently launched non-profit organization alongside the growing DPLA staff. Matienzo will orchestrate the design, implementation, and improvement of the DPLA’s digital infrastructure, including user-facing applications, back-end systems, and the application programming interface (API). Matienzo will serve as the primary technical contact for outside organizations, partners, and developers.
“DPLA’s transformative possibilities to provide better access to cultural heritage materials to all has impressed me and filled me with enthusiasm for quite some time,” said Matienzo. “I look forward to being part of these and future changes by maintaining a strong and flexible technical infrastructure, supported by vision and strategic thinking undertaken with the DPLA staff and the DPLA community.”
Matienzo will spearhead the construction and management of an in-house technical staff for the DPLA, open positions for which are now available on the DPLA site. Applications for two positions will be reviewed beginning on December 1, 2013, and will be accepted until the positions are filled.
“We’re delighted to have someone of Mark’s great talent and energy join the DPLA as our Director of Technology,” said Dan Cohen, DPLA Executive Director. “His broad and deep knowledge of all of the digital infrastructure needed for our mission, and his ability to connect to other software developers and the library, archives, and museum communities will be critical to our growth in the coming years.”
Matienzo currently serves as the Digital Archivist for Manuscripts and Archives at the Yale University Library and as the Technical Architect for the ArchivesSpace project. He has taught classes on digital preservation and digital libraries at the Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics and the Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science. In 2012, Matienzo was the first awardee of the Emerging Leader Award of the Society of American Archivists. Prior to joining Yale University, he worked for the Digital Experience Group at The New York Public Library, the American Institute of Physics, the Smithsonian Institution, and ProQuest Information and Learning. He received his MSI specializing in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan School of Information and his BA in Philosophy from the College of Wooster.
About the DPLA
The Digital Public Library of America strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. Since launching in April 2013, it has aggregated over 5 million items from over 1,100 institutions. The DPLA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.
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