Meet Sean Warren, PUL’s new Software Development Fellow

Princeton University Library (PUL) is excited to announce the hire of Sean Warren as the Software Development Fellow. Warren joined PuL on June 12, and works with his team to continue developing Princeton’s digital library into an inspiring and joyful experience for its patrons.

Sean Warren

What did you study as an undergrad? 

I received my Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University located in Greensboro, N.C.

What sparked your interest in pursuing a career in librarianship?  

I pursued a career in librarianship due to my passion for technology and information science. I believe working in academia allows me the opportunity to help people and communities. Also, I consider myself a lifelong learner, and I love being exposed to the technology and resources that libraries have to offer. In my life, I have spent a large amount of time in libraries studying, reading, and using technology.

What drew you to this role at Princeton University Library?  

The opportunity to work for a prestigious university, and have two years of learning, training, networking, and resources are invaluable. When I applied for the fellowship, I believed that it was a great opportunity. What drew me to this role was the ability to gain experience and learn about Ruby, Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. I was interested in learning the best practices in software development, and to be exposed to design principles and practices for software architecture.

What do you hope to accomplish in your time here?  

I would like to become a valuable member of my team and to the overall PUL technical systems. Also, I want to build and create new professional relationships. Lastly, I would like to grow my skills and experience in software development.

What aspect of the job are you most excited about? 

I am most excited about learning new program languages, and being able to help the users, stakeholders, and communities that use the Princeton University Library.

What are your career aspirations?  

My career aspirations are to continue being a software developer for a university, public library, or museum. I could also see myself working in software development for a non-profit. I aspire to have a career that I am passionate about and find rewarding. I have a need to give back to the community and help others. Whatever I choose to do, I want to be able to change people’s lives in a positive way.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I love spending time with my family. I am married and have three children (two girls and a boy). That is my world and I spend most of my free time with them. Also, I like to travel, try new restaurants, and exercise. 

Who or what inspires you? 

My inspiration would have to be my mother. My mother has always worked hard and has had a career in education, ranging from being a teacher, to being a Director of Community Development for multiple cities, to opening up a Charter School. So, career wise my mother has worn many hats, but what inspires me the most about her is she is one of the kindest, happiest, and loving people I know. Everyone that knows her professionally or personally has a positive relationship with her. I strive to leave a positive impression and cultivate positive relationships with people both professionally and personally.

Published on September 7, 2023

Interview by: Brandon Johnson, Communications Strategist

Media Contact: Barbara Valenza, Director of Library Communications