Position Vacancy Listing:

Working title: Library Application Developer


Degree and area of specialization:

Bachelors Degree required; Computer Science or related field preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Required: minimum 1 year work experience in web and database 
programming; experience with SQL and database design; experience with 
application development across its life cycle; experience working in a 
Unix or Linux web server environment; experience with the web standards 
technologies (HTML, CSS and Javascript); excellent oral, written, and 
interpersonal communication skills.

Desired: strong understanding of code frameworks, such as Ruby-on-Rails, 
Django, or Spring, etc. for web applications, or ActiveRecord, 
Hibernate, etc., for Object Relational Mapping (ORM)
database persistence; strong experience with relational database 
management systems such as MySQL, Postgres, or Oracle; experience with 
Java, Ruby, or Python or other modern programming language in common use 
in the development of web applications; knowledge of metadata standards 
in common use in libraries such as MARC or XML formats such as MODS, 
METS, or EAD; experience developing form-driven web applications; strong 
understanding of object-oriented design; knowledge of integrated library 
systems such as Ex Libris' Voyager; experience with indexing software 
such as Apache Solr; experience with digital repository software such as 

Principal duties:

The position will be part of the GLS Shared Development Group (SDG) team 
under the general direction of the Associate Director for Technology. 
SDG is the development shop for the UW-Madison Libraries and is 
responsible for providing development of original code and web 
application deployment in support of the teaching, research and outreach 
mission of the UW-Madison community. The group is responsible for web 
applications and back-end processing that supports the Libraries' 
website, including the development of a local resource discovery system 
(UW Forward).

The consultant will be responsible for working on improvements to the 
Forward resource discovery system, including staying current with the 
broader developments to its codebase, Blacklight which is developed by 
colleagues at our peer institutions at the University of Virginia, 
Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University. This position will 
expand the current capabilities of the Forward resource discovery system 
in order to provide data services to researchers and instructors on 
campus in the form of data visualization tools and integration of 
locally curated collections into campus instructional settings. The 
successful candidate will be able to work closely with faculty, 
researchers and instructional staff on campus to ingest research data 
and original digital content into the UW Libraries digital collections 
platform for archiving, preservation, access and reuse in all areas of 
the academic environment from the classroom to the scholarly publishing 

The consultant will be responsible for new or revised computer 
programming within the UW Madison library system; develop, deploy and 
help support new and existing web applications; and assist in the design 
of infrastructure for the Libraries' online services. S/he will be 
expected to produce stable, accessible and usable applications that are 
well documented. The consultant must be able to provide consultation and 
recommendations about digital library technologies to library staff by 
demonstrating the ability to think critically about the new directions 
and trends for web technologies outside the library and academic sphere 
and how they might be employed to support the teaching, research and 
outreach mission of the University. The successful candidate must be 
able to respond to the changing nature of online services in a large 
university environment and have the ability to guide early-stage 
concepts through the necessary steps and processes to create production 
quality services.

The consultant will be expected to participate actively in library and 
campus-wide committees.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

A period of evaluation will be required

Appointment type: Academic Staff
Full time salary rate: Minimum $50,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term: This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent: 100%
Anticipated begin date: OCTOBER 04, 2011
Number of positions: 1


Application must be received by: SEPTEMBER 29, 2011


Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please 
send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #71438 to

   Nancy Graff Schultz
   728 State St
   Room 369
   Madison, WI 53706-1418	

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   Fax: N/A
   Phone: 608-262-0076	

Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 
800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further 
information. )

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information 
regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. 
Finalists cannot be gu aranteed confidentiality.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We 
promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified 
individuals to apply.

Stephen Meyer
Library Application Developer
UW-Madison Libraries
436 Memorial Library
728 State St.
Madison, WI 53706

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608-265-2844 (ph)

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