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Onward And Upward...

It's fitting that this the hundredth (gosh, only the hundredth?) post, because I have rather important news. First, my fellow developers/producers/UX designers at The New York Public Library and I have been dealing with every minute detail on the upcoming, Drupal-based replacement to the NYPL website. You can see a live preview at I can proudly say that this project has helped both me personally and NYPL overall play nice in the open source world - we've been actively contributing code, reporting bugs, and sending patches to the Drupal project. Also, our site search is based on Solr, which always bears mention.

In addition, after a working tirelessly as a developer at NYPL for the last year and a half, I have decided to move onward and upward. I am leaving the cozy environs of the still-recently renovated office space I share with my spectacular coworkers. It was not an easy decision by far, but it feels like the best one overall. I am leaving NYPL for the Ivy League; at the end of January, I will be starting as a Digital Archivist with Manuscripts and Archives at the Yale University Library. It's a fantastic opportunity, and I'm looking forward to being part of an incredibly strong archival community. I will be working with fantastic people on interesting projects in the field in which I was educated in and to which I feel the strongest bond. It's the perfect blend of traditional archives work, code and metadata geekery, and digital preservation!

Wish me luck, and if you're ever in New Haven, I'll split a white clam pie and a pitcher of birch beer with you at Modern.



  • 💬 Seth at December 22, 2009, 17:38 UTC:


  • 💬 Michael Lascarides at December 22, 2009, 19:54 UTC:

    Man, you are going to be DESPERATELY missed around here. It's been an absolute pleasure to work with you (and your enthusiasm for what you do). Enjoy the heck out of Yale!

  • 💬 Richard at December 22, 2009, 20:55 UTC:

    Congratulations! Looking forward to hearing about what you're up to as you explore strange new fonds . Seek new life in New Haven. And boldly go where no archivist has gone before. (cue music)

  • 💬 Stephen Francoeur at December 23, 2009, 00:54 UTC:

    Well played, Matienzo! Best wishes as a Nutmegger/Ivy/Yalie.

  • 💬 Julie at December 23, 2009, 01:37 UTC:

    Clam pie? Is that what you're calling it these days? good luck and congrats!

  • 💬 Daniel at December 24, 2009, 23:35 UTC:

    Hi Mark. This is great news! I'll be happy to treat you to beer and pizza at Modern. When do you start?

    <li>Daniel (at Yale)</li>

  • 💬 M.A. Matienzo at January 9, 2010, 21:44 UTC:

    Hi Daniel! My first day is January 25 - so pretty soon no less!

  • 💬 Jenny at January 28, 2010, 21:49 UTC:


  • 💬 Alex Hauschild at March 10, 2010, 02:38 UTC:

    Congratulations! I saw that opening but have kind of learned to love the west coast. Rock it, and keep us informed of new initiatives. I like to remind stakeholders that we are [b] already behind [/b]