The Georgetown University Library has created a new software developer
position that will focus on digital humanities. This is an opportunity to
be the first person to fill this role.
We have a small team of talented folks. Where possible, we share our
solutions with the library technology community:
If you know someone who might be interested in this job, please forward
this posting to them. The application instructions are provided below.
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Date: Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 6:42 PM
Subject: [CODE4LIB] Job: Digital Humanities Developer, Library Information
Technology - Georgetown University Main Campus at Georgetown University
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Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown
offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to
take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our
community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in
intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.
Reporting to the Head of Library Information Technology (LIT), the Digital
Humanities Developer works closely with information professionals and
technologists in the Library to provide expert consultation and support for
faculty and students as they seek innovative approaches to posing and
addressing scholarly questions. As a member of the Library’s team
supporting digitally-enabled scholarship, the Digital Humanities Developer
makes use of a wide range of existing tools and methods and takes a lead
role in the design and development of digital humanities projects,
collaborating with Library colleagues to deploy, modify, maintain, and
coordinate digital projects on a variety of digital publishing platforms.
The Developer builds and implements front-end web designs and sites, while
also appropriately integrating them with back-end applications. In
addition, the Developer assists with activities in support of database
development, enhancing and customizing database applications that will
result in sustainable, generalize digital applications to support and
advance research solutions.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Project Conceptualization and Design
Works collaboratively with researchers and staff to imagine, design, and
implement options for digital investigations of humanities data.
In collaboration with others, determines the most effective approach to
meet agreed-upon requirements by adapting and extending existing open
source software across a variety of platforms, frameworks, and languages
and also determines when customized applications are needed.
Digital Humanities Application Development
Takes a lead role in the design and development of digital applications to
support humanities research initiatives.
In collaboration with other technology experts in the Library, builds
applications that enable researchers to collect, manage, produce,
manipulate, or analyze humanities data.
Writes original code; tests and improves existing code.
Front-end Web Development and Design
Designs, develops, and maintains custom web-based applications and other
Prototypes and tests interactive designs on digital publishing or web
Enhances and customizes database applications for optimal data acquisition,
maintenance, and extraction of information according to application
requirements and specifications.
Assists with building data structures and semantic queries and leading them
to full implementation.
Collaborates in the development and improvement of workflows and methods
that can be utilized in analyzing and showcasing humanities data in
interactive formats online.
Library Contributions and Professional Development
As appropriate, serves on library and university-wide committees and task
forces; participates in local consortia and regional and national
Regularly contributes to the profession through writing for publication
and/or active involvement in professional associations at the national or
Continually acquires new knowledge and updates skills to enhance
professional performance in all areas of responsibility.
Keeps abreast of developments, trends and issues in the library and digital
Monitors trends and maintains currency in emerging issues and tools within
areas of expertise.
Bachelor’s degree (minimum), with preference for degree in computer or
2-3 years of related work experience, with technology skills demonstrated
in an accessible portfolio of work.
Proficiency in one or more programming and scripting languages (Java,
Python, Ruby, etc.) and web services stacks. Experience with a version
control system such as Git.
including skills in customizing and developing solutions in one or more of
the following platforms: Drupal, Wordpress, Omeka, Scalar.
Proficiency in developing simple to complex data structures (RDF, JSON-LD,
N3, Turtle, etc.) and constructing queries (SQL).
Understanding of the research process and knowledge of the ways that new
technologies are affecting the production of scholarship in the humanities.
Ability to understand and translate researchers' project goals into
web-based, computational requirements.
Ability to function as part of an interactive team while demonstrating
self-initiative to achieve project goals and meet deadlines.
Ability to manage projects and coordinate with team members from across the
library and with different reporting lines.
Familiarity with humanities research.
Experience or familiarity with software used in a variety of digital
Experience working on and contributing to open source software projects.
Domain knowledge of advanced text mining including natural language
Information and data visualization -- front-end development using
Experience with modern web application frameworks (React, Jekyll, Gatsby or
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