METRO Appoints John Mignault as Empire State Digital Network Technology Specialist

Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Mignault as New York’s first Empire State Digital Network Technology Specialist, beginning July 14, 2014.

As Empire State Digital Network Technology Specialist, Mignault will participate in the implementation of key technologies to meet ESDN program objectives. ESDN is the statewide service hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), administered by METRO in collaboration with eight allied regional library councils collectively working as NY 3Rs Association, Inc.

20140702_JohnMignault.jpg"I’m looking forward to joining a team that will help to represent New York’s libraries in DPLA," said Mignault. “I’m thrilled to be involved in the bootstrapping of such an important digital project."

Mignault will work closely with DPLA technology staff and the ESDN team to develop and support the technical processes for ingest and transformation of statewide collection metadata into approved models for contribution to the Digital Public Library of America.

“We’re very excited to have John on board,” said Kerri Willlette, ESDN Project Manager. “His experience managing digitization projects and his strong programming background will be essential to ESDN’s success. John is the perfect addition to our team!”

"We are pleased to welcome John as part of the partnership between ESDN, DPLA, and our growing network of Hubs. We look forward to working closely with him to facilitate inclusion of the state’s rich digital content in the DPLA." said Mark Matienzo, Director of Technology at DPLA.

Mignault holds an M.L.S. from Simmons College and programming certificates from Columbia University. His most recent work was as Systems Librarian at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden. In addition to managing the digitization program at the Botanical Garden, Mignault has played a leadership role on the Technical Advisory Group of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a DPLA content hub. Mignault is an accomplished programmer and web developer and brings extensive experience with large scale data manipulation and open source infrastructure.

About Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
Located in New York City, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a nonprofit member services organization serving more than 260 libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage nonprofits in New York City and Westchester County. METRO has an almost 50-year tradition of providing a range of programs and services to its members, including grants, consultative and digital services, collaborative initiatives, and professional development and training.

About NY 3Rs Association, Inc.
Comprised of the nine Reference and Research Resources Councils, including METRO, the NY 3Rs Association brings together New York’s libraries and archives in the public, academic, school, research, hospital, non-profit and corporate sectors in order to ensure equal access to information for all New Yorkers.

Fostering collaboration within each region and across New York State, the NY 3Rs Association, provides a range of capacity building services for its more than 7,000 member libraries and archives -- continuing education, electronic resources, information services to the healthcare community, consulting, digitizing, information technologies, and advocacy.