Digital Infrastructure Librarian
Washington University in St. Louis
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.
DIGITAL LIBRARY DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION
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
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.
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