Opening: Library Application Developer, U-W Madison

Position Vacancy Listing:

Working title:
Library Application Developer

Official title:

Degree and area of specialization:

Bachelors Degree required; Computer Science or related field preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Required: minimum 1 year work experience in web and database
programming; experience with SQL and database design; experience with
application development across its life cycle; experience working in a
Unix or Linux web server environment; experience with the web standards
technologies (HTML, CSS and Javascript); excellent oral, written, and
interpersonal communication skills.

Desired: strong understanding of code frameworks, such as Ruby-on-Rails, Django, or Spring, etc. for web applications, or ActiveRecord,
Hibernate, etc., for Object Relational Mapping (ORM) database persistence; strong experience with relational database management systems such as MySQL, Postgres, or Oracle; experience with Java, Ruby, or Python or other modern programming language in common use in the development of web applications; knowledge of metadata standards in common use in libraries such as MARC or XML formats such as MODS,METS, or EAD; experience developing form-driven web applications; strong understanding of object-oriented design; knowledge of integrated library systems such as Ex Libris’ Voyager; experience with indexing software
such as Apache Solr; experience with digital repository software such as

Principal duties:

The position will be part of the GLS Shared Development Group (SDG) team
under the general direction of the Associate Director for Technology.
SDG is the development shop for the UW-Madison Libraries and is
responsible for providing development of original code and web
application deployment in support of the teaching, research and outreach
mission of the UW-Madison community. The group is responsible for web
applications and back-end processing that supports the Libraries’
website, including the development of a local resource discovery system
(UW Forward).

The consultant will be responsible for working on improvements to the
Forward resource discovery system, including staying current with the
broader developments to its codebase, Blacklight which is developed by
colleagues at our peer institutions at the University of Virginia,
Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University. This position will
expand the current capabilities of the Forward resource discovery system
in order to provide data services to researchers and instructors on
campus in the form of data visualization tools and integration of
locally curated collections into campus instructional settings. The
successful candidate will be able to work closely with faculty,
researchers and instructional staff on campus to ingest research data
and original digital content into the UW Libraries digital collections
platform for archiving, preservation, access and reuse in all areas of
the academic environment from the classroom to the scholarly publishing

The consultant will be responsible for new or revised computer
programming within the UW Madison library system; develop, deploy and
help support new and existing web applications; and assist in the design
of infrastructure for the Libraries’ online services. S/he will be
expected to produce stable, accessible and usable applications that are
well documented. The consultant must be able to provide consultation and
recommendations about digital library technologies to library staff by
demonstrating the ability to think critically about the new directions
and trends for web technologies outside the library and academic sphere
and how they might be employed to support the teaching, research and
outreach mission of the University. The successful candidate must be
able to respond to the changing nature of online services in a large
university environment and have the ability to guide early-stage
concepts through the necessary steps and processes to create production
quality services.

The consultant will be expected to participate actively in library and
campus-wide committees.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

A period of evaluation will be required

Appointment type: Academic Staff
Full time salary rate: Minimum $50,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term: This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent: 100%
Anticipated begin date: OCTOBER 04, 2011
Number of positions: 1


Application must be received by: OCTOBER 14, 2011


Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please
send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #71438 to

Nancy Graff Schultz
728 State St
Room 369
Madison, WI 53706-1418

Fax: N/A
Phone: 608-262-0076

Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:
800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information
regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request.
Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We
promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified
individuals to apply.

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