Job Opening: Digital Library Programmer – Michigan State University Libraries

We are looking for a creative Librarian who will plan, code, test, and implement technologies and systems that promote and advance the Libraries’ mission of preservation, creation, transmission and application of knowledge. As part of a unified team, the incumbent shall work with and through the digital curation, metadata, collections, systems and public service staffs to further develop or enhance application design and functionality for vendor supplied, open source or in-house applications, with an emphasis on collection stewardship and discovery. Participate approximately quarter-time in a secondary assignment based on qualifications, interests and need; may include work in areas such as reference, instruction, cataloging, or collection development. Collections areas currently needing attention include bio-economy/water management, digital humanities and performing arts. Be involved in professional development and scholarly activities and serve on library and university committees as elected or assigned. Other appropriate duties as assigned.

Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuous appointment system and participate in professional development and scholarly activities related to their position in addition to serving on library and university committees as elected or assigned. Other appropriate duties as assigned.

Michigan State University Libraries serve more than 4,900 faculty, 36,000 undergraduates and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres. The Main Library and 5 branch libraries have combined holdings of over 5 million volumes. East Lansing is a community of approximately 50,000 located adjacent to Lansing, the state capital.


$47,000 minimum

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; ability to work effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work independently and collaboratively; ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; attention to detail; preparation and commitment to conduct independent scholarship consistent with a librarian appointment; capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development. Demonstrated experience with web application development and programming.

Desired Qualifications:

Knowledge of HTTP, CSS, and Javascript; facility with PHP and MySQL; awareness of Javascript libraries such as jQuery; and familiarity with standards-based metadata schema, database design and/or repository software technologies. Degree or coursework in Computer Science or allied field.

Closing Date:
5pm on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Minimum $47,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits.

Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of three references to, posting number 6252.

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