Digital Library Developer
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Digital Library
PROFILE of the UNIVERSITY
UNLV is a comprehensive research university of approximately 28,000 students
and 2,900 faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, research, and service. The
university has internationally recognized programs in hotel administration and
creative writing; professional degrees in law, architecture, and dental
medicine; and leading programs in fine arts, sciences and education. UNLV is
located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in dynamic
Southern Nevada. In 2009 the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC
established Brookings Mountain West on the UNLV campus to study the region.
For more information, visit us on-line at: http://www.unlv.edu.
PROFILE of the LIBRARIES and DEPARTMENT
As a strong partner in student learning, UNLV Libraries fosters critical
thinking and lifelong learning with innovative services, entrepreneurial
staff, outstanding digital collections, up-to-date technology and
internationally renowned Special Collections, including two research centers:
the Center for Gaming Research and the Oral History Research Center. UNLV
Libraries has over 120 experienced faculty librarians and staff and is
comprised of Lied Library (a 302,000 square foot facility opened in 2001) and
three branch libraries. We are a gateway to more than 20,000 electronic
journals and 1.7 million books, including ebooks.
ROLE of the POSITION
This position is located within the Web and Application Development Services
Department, part of the Library Technologies Division. The Web and Application
Development Services Department develops and deploys webpages, websites, and
related applications within the Libraries, and collaboratively helps maintain
existing web-based systems and services, including the primary library website
and digital collections. Present infrastructure components associated with the
discovery and delivery of unique digital assets include a digital asset
management system (CONTENTdm), an archives collection management system
(ArchivesSpace), a web content management system (Drupal), an externally
hosted institutional repository system (BePress), a hosted subscription to web
archiving software (Archive-It), and several ancillary systems and services.
The infrastructure is evolving, with the Libraries presently investigating
options related to a future digital asset management system and standards
based digital preservation.
Applications maintained within the UNLV University Libraries' technical
infrastructure support the information discovery and delivery environment for
UNLV's 21st century students, researchers, and an extended community of
lifelong learners. This administrative faculty position, reporting to the Head
of Web and Application Development Services, will work to develop and extend
the applications supporting the discovery and delivery of unique collections
and digital assets from the UNLV University Libraries' Special Collections.
Specifically, the incumbent will write, extend, and modify code enabling the
deployment of new applications, modules, and resources supporting UNLV
Libraries' digital library environment. The incumbent will analyze the
existing infrastructure and applications, research technical options, and seek
to develop and deploy system integrations supporting efficient workflows and
management of records and data. Such work could include authoring and
leveraging code, APIs, crosswalks, and record and data transformations. As
digital library applications and discovery layers evolve, the incumbent is
expected to play a key role in helping to integrate and present multiple
library content sources and services in user-friendly modes. The UNLV
Libraries foster a collaborative working environment, and the incumbent is
expected to work constructively with a wide range of groups and individuals,
and possess the ability to communicate with colleagues the technical
constraints, requirements, and resource needs associated with work projects.
The incumbent will assist other colleagues in application troubleshooting,
upgrade, and security efforts; maintain up to date documentation for developed
applications; and help manage code in a version-control system.
Education and Experience: A bachelor's degree from an accredited university,
preferably in computer science, math, software engineering, or a related
field; and two or more years of relevant work experience.
Technical Skills: Demonstrated proficiency with a major programming language
such as Java or Ruby; demonstrated proficiency with a web scripting language
such as PHP; experience with system design, implementation, and integration of
online discovery environments; experience with APIs and API frameworks
(HTTP/REST/JSON); experience with XML/XSLT and metadata extraction,
transformation, and repurposing; experience with modifying existing open
source code, and testing and clearly documenting code; experience with version
control systems such as Git; familiarity with user centered design
methodologies and usability design principles; familiarity with web content
management systems, preferably Drupal. The UNLV Libraries does not operate
within a .net environment, so candidates with .net backgrounds are encouraged
to look at the technical skills as listed above to gauge their potential match
for this position.
Additional Skills: Ability to work on multiple projects
simultaneously; ability to work in a collaborative team environment; excellent
oral and written communication skills, including the ability to gather system
requirements, provide detailed analysis and feedback, and the ability to
translate technical concepts into layman terms; willingness to continually
learn and stay abreast of developments and best practices in the evolving
digital library environment.
A graduate degree in Library or Information Science is not required, however
candidates possessing such credentials are encouraged to apply. An ideal
applicant would be well versed with current digital library initiatives,
platforms, programs, and trends; have familiarity with digital library
standards, such as Dublin Core, MARC, METS, EAD, and OAI-PMH; and have
familiarity with digital asset management / repository systems, such as
ContentDM, Hydra, DSpace, Fedora.
This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position at range 2.
Salaries are competitive and the salary range for this position is $65,000 -
$80,000 or commensurate with labor market. with those at similarly situated
institutions and dependent upon labor market. Position is contingent upon
funding. The UNLV Libraries offers attractive professional development
Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and
experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three
professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe
their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the
qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of
materials will be based.
Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates'
materials will begin on May 23, 2016 and best consideration will be gained for
materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to the
Digital Library Developer Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via
on-line application at https://hrsearch.unlv.edu. For assistance with UNLV's
on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504
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UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer
committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other
things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran
status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic
information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected
by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only
United States citizens and persons lawfully authorized to work in the United
States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and
veterans are encouraged to apply.
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