February 16, 2018

Richard T. Kim | Movers & Shakers 2006

Digital Driver


Richard T. Kim always planned to work with technology, but an experimental digital imaging course gave him his clear direction. His professor and mentor, Claudia Perry, introduced him to METRO, where he moved from a part-time position in 2003 to digital projects manager in 2005 – the year he got his master’s.

METRO’s collaborative digitization initiative brings together more than 270 member organizations representing over 1200 libraries of all types. Kim helps members share their resources and their digitization experience to broaden access to cultural heritage collections. Dottie Hiebing, executive director of METRO, says that Kim ‘has the unique ability to introduce change to libraries, librarians, and our organization in a nonthreatening way.’

In his busy first year, Kim planned METRO’s 2005 Digitization Expo, bringing information about digitization technologies and services to over 250 participants. He is developing the third biannual Digitization Symposium for 2006. ‘It will be the first time our initial class of digitization grant recipients will get to demonstrate their projects to a large audience,’ he says. As project director for the Library Services and Technology Act ‘Planning and Training for Digitization’ grant project, Kim develops 12 training programs yearly and helps coordinate and plan Collaborative Digitization Advisory Council meetings.

‘I’m not really a librarian in the traditional sense,’ explains Kim. ‘My job is to develop programs and services that can help librarians do their jobs better.’



Current Position Digital Projects Manager, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
Degrees MIS, Queens College, CUNY, 2005
Best part of the job ‘Seeing how hard people work, how much they care, the pride they take in librarianship’