[Novalug] library of congress (dc) storage engineer
karhunhammas at Lserv.com
Thu Jan 4 13:31:45 EST 2007
On Thu, 4 Jan 2007, Edward Summers wrote:
> I just posted this to ma-jobs but figured it couldn't hurt to
> post here since the job is local.
> There is an opportunity at the Library of Congress (DC) for a
> Linux (Gentoo/Ubuntu) and Solaris systems administrator. Anyone
> interested in the challenges of long term storage and
> preservation of large amounts of heterogeneous data is
> encouraged to apply.
> This isn't your typical government job as we are running a
> software development lab within the Library of Congress to
> experiment with various open source repository systems. You
> would be considered a member of this informal team and
> encouraged to learn, contribute, innovate and grow.
As an LC retiree, I can attest that working in the
Legislative Branch is different from the Executive Branch; and I
suspect LC is different from the rest of the LB. One difference
is that you can't transfer out to the EB and keep your seniority,
Another, which counteracts that, is a detail of
retirement : you can not only keep your health insurance (which
is *damn* good compared to any other I've heard of -- naturally,
since it's what the congresscritters get) but gummint actually
goes on paying its share of the premiums!
(It's still not cheap; but it and Medicare between them
have been paying for about 2/3 to 3/4 of my prescriptions, and so
far *all* of my medical and surgical work. Those are things that
can bankrupt you.)
A third, which was of great value to me : you get
borrowing privileges. They put your liver in a jar in Loan
Division's safe to be sure you bring stuff back, but you get
them. It's worth it. You won't believe the books in that place.
> If this sounds interesting please feel free to contact me
> privately via email. I can give you more details since I am a
> software developer in this team.
Give my best to anybody in ITS who still remembers me;
I used to have lots of friends there -- or especially to anyone
in cataloging who does. And good luck hiring! LC needs good
people -- and, mostly, deserves them, bosses or no bosses, if
only for the sake of what it houses and what it does.
(Btw, people are a lot more likely to remember Russell
Neuswanger than Beartooth, which I became only after retirement;
but I wore the tooth there.)
Beartooth Squirreler, Wordcrafty Staffwright
Hunting is life, life hunting. That is all
ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
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