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USC Libraries is looking for a user-focused, problem-solving, Library
Systems Programmer to realize its strategic goals related to discoverability
and access. Reporting to the Associate Director, Library Systems, the
Library Systems Programmer provides programming support for the technical
infrastructure of systems such as the Integrated Library System(
SirsiDynix), the Digital Library (ContentDM) and other applications-based
services offered by the USC Libraries. Develops application design
specifications and requirements based on analysis/assessment of user needs
in support of the mission and strategic goals of the USC Libraries and makes
recommendations on the software that enables services offered such as the
USC Libraries Web site, Homer, the USC Libraries catalog, and the USC
Digital Library. Evaluates existing commercial and open source software and
participates in the selection of software to enable the USC Libraries to
meet their strategic goals. Develops, tests, and installs new software
applications for the USC Libraries and enhances functionality of existing
systems through customization and integration with commercial and open
source software. Implements tools and develops code to ensure that data and
metadata are successfully migrated from legacy systems to new systems and
from vendor systems to local systems. Implements software to facilitate the
transfer of metadata from in-house systems to consortial and/or cloud-based
systems such as OCLC WorldCat, Serials Solutions Summon, and the Online
Archive of California.
. Designs, codes, tests, debugs, installs, documents and maintains
moderately complex software applications for the USC Libraries including
code that allows disparate systems to integrate interoperate.
. Interacts with users to determine their software application
objectives, scope and requirements.
. Either individually or by actively participating in development
process, produces the required analysis and application design based on
requirements gathered from users. Produces design specification documents.
This includes specifying functionality for the USC Digital Library, ILS and
elements of the USC Libraries Web site.
. Uses the Internet or other resources to research solutions and
locate commercial and open source software that can be used to meet
. Evaluates existing commercial and open source software for
applicability in USC Libraries technology environment.
. Takes design specifications and writes code applying current
standards and best practices. When working with metadata, applies
appropriate standard in consultation with USC Libraries Technical Services
. Uses current best practices to maintain code including bug
management and revision management software.
. Develops test data and routines required to test and revise
. Ensures both internally and externally developed software is
thoroughly tested before release. Complies reports of test results and
manages bug list.
. Detects, defines, and debugs programs whenever problems are
reported or encountered.
. Prepares developer and end-user documentation for other
programmers and users in accordance with internal and external standards.
. Trains users and programmers as required.
. Provides leadership in the Library Systems department, guidance
and direction to other programmers including student employees, as needed.
. Reviews the work of others, as requested.
. Stays informed of new developments and technologies by reading
blogs, journals and other pertinent publications, participating in
appropriate online groups through social media, maintaining contact with
vendors, and participating in professional organizations, meetings and
. Sound knowledge of programming and documentation procedures,
program flow charts and operator instructions as demonstrated through work
. Significant experience writing applications in PERL, PHP and
. Demonstrated experience working with APIs to develop applications
. Demonstrated experience working competently and independently on
complex programming activities including evidence of self-managing and
prioritizing tasks and projects.
. Demonstrated capability to analyze a problem and provide the
appropriate software to solve it.
. Demonstrated experience gathering requirements and building
systems for end-users.
. Demonstrated experience taking requirements and specifications to
develop software applications to support organizational goals.
. Demonstrated experience communicating effectively in person and
through writing with both highly technical and non-technical personnel.
. Demonstrated experience coordinating the work of others toward the
completion of organizational goals.
. Experience working on teams involving end-users and a variety of
. Demonstrated experience with building applications using existing
database management systems and using SQL for data extraction and report
generation from large databases.
. Experience developing applications that rely on metadata to
. Experience developing applications to facilitate data migration
. Experience using code repositories and bug tracking software.
. Capability to work collegially with others as demonstrated through
previous course work or work experience.
. Experience using the Internet and other resources to research
possible solutions or find software.
. Experience gathering requirements from end-users and analyzing
their feedback to develop specifications for library applications.
. Experience working as a programmer in an academic or library
. Knowledge of library metadata standards and practices as
demonstrated either by course work or job experience.
. Experience teaching or training technical personnel and/or
. Experience documenting applications for both developers and
For more information and to apply:
The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in
the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City
of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class
research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised
of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.