Opening: Library Web Developer/Designer at Princeton University

Library Web Developer/Designer
Princeton University Library
Princeton, New Jersey
Requisition #1000633

The Princeton University Library comprises a large central library and nine specialized libraries that are heavily used by an academic community of 6,400 students, 1,100 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. To support the diverse needs of its users, the Library holds some six million printed volumes, ranging from incunabula to current imprints, and provides access to many other records of human knowledge, such as ancient papyri and cylinder seals, modern literary manuscripts, and recently produced electronic databases and journals. The Library employs more than 300 professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student and hourly workforce. Please consult the Library Web site at for more information.

Available: Immediately

Description and Responsibilities:
The Web Developer position will help the Library Web Development Manager on specific projects to deliver more library content and services to our users from our web sites. Specific projects may include designing new sites, or using new web services technologies to improve the user experience in discovering, searching, finding, or acquiring library materials and content. Additionally, the position will assist in implementing the Drupal CMS, customizing the interface for the latest version of the OPAC, and creating mobile ready versions of the library web site and catalog. Customization tasks for the new NextGen Discovery system will be a large component of the work. Projects will also likely include implementation of open source code created in other libraries, using various API’s made available by Google, OCLC, or Code4Lib members, as well as various library vendors. This position will also be assigned other digital library projects as the need arises. Conducting user-centric usability studies is highly desirable, so experience in this area will be preferred.



  • BA or BS in computer science or related fields
  • Experience with Drupal or similar content management system
  • Demonstrated web graphic design experience
  • Extensive knowledge of PHP and MySQL or similar databases
  • Familiarity with usability studies and user centered design principles
  • Recent experience with contemporary Web technologies (“Web 2.0”),
    especially AJAX and RESTful design
  • Knowledge of library bibliographic data and services
  • Ability to complete projects on time
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Experience in libraries and in library web services development
  • Experience with conducting usability studies
  • Familiarity with OPAC interfaces and faceting
  • Knowledge of XML and XSLT
  • Knowledge of Apache, Tomcat, Jetty
  • Knowledge of Java and/or Python

Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Twenty-four (24) vacation days a year, plus eleven (11) paid holidays. Annuity program (TIAA/CREF), group life insurance, health coverage insurance, disability insurance, and other benefits are available.

Rank: This is an Administrative position; grade AIT030, 100% duty time.

Nominations and Applications:
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications (cover letter, resume and the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of three references) will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website:

Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Application Deadline Date: January 10, 2011

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