Digital Infrastructure Librarian, Washington University Libraries

Washington University Libraries is seeking a creative and enthusiastic individual to design and implement a new digital library application infrastructure using the Hydra repository framework and related technologies. Reporting to the Director of the Digital Library, the Digital Infrastructure Librarian will work collaboratively with Libraries’ staff and campus partners to lead all aspects of system design and implementation, including gathering requirements, establishing coding standards, and participating in system testing, resulting in the delivery of a functioning digital asset management system based on the Hydra repository framework.



Lead the design and/or implementation of a set of Hydra-based digital library applications for the preservation and delivery of Washington University Libraries’ digital assets (through development of new or re-use of existing resources) in collaboration with the Libraries’ Scholarly Publishing, Special Collections, Systems and other library personnel. Gather requirements and develop specifications for digital library architectures. Implement workflow tools and functionality for the deposit, storage and delivery of digital assets and associated metadata. Participate in iterative testing and integration of user feedback throughout the development process. Collaborate with Libraries’ Systems Operations and Support Office and campus-wide technology services to ensure proper implementation and management of security policies and authentication/ authorization procedures, and write and maintain documentation for systems architecture and application code for internal and external users and stakeholders.


Maintain awareness of national and international best practices and advances in digital library applications, frameworks, and implementations. Actively engage in the Fedora and Hydra development communities, including the development and contribution of new interfaces and code customizations.



Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution or related field, or a combination of relevant experience and education; demonstrated experience with programming languages such as Ruby on Rails, PHP, Perl or Javascript; familiarity with a variety of digital library standards (e.g. TEI, MODS, METS, EAD, VRA Core, Dublin Core) and file formats.


Experience establishing and customizing open source software applications and digital library software platforms (e.g., Fedora, DSpace, etc.) in a production environment; experience with digital library software development in an academic library or higher education setting; project management experience on grant-funded projects; familiarity with the Hydra development community and related technologies. Ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse population of staff, faculty, students, and community members; to communicate effectively on technology issues with technical and non-technical staff, and to work in a team environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


APPLICATION INFORMATION:  Applications must be submitted online at  Reference job # 28774.  For full consideration, attach a letter of application, resume, and the names of three references (including e-mail & phone number).  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Employment eligibility verification required upon hire. Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.



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