Digital Library Access Engineer
Stanford University
Stanford, California

Digital Library Access Engineer, DLSS, Stanford University Libraries - 61042


This is a 4 year, fixed-term position in the library's Digital Library Systems
and Services group, with the possibility for renewal. This position is a
double posting at the 4P3 and 4P4 grades.

Stanford University Libraries is seeking an enthusiastic and talented software
engineer to support infrastructure and services as part of its digital
library, an internationally recognized technology program developing
innovative solutions to advance teaching, learning and research at one of the
world's leading universities. We are a mission-driven organization that
emphasizes open, collaborative work and community engagement within Stanford
and with partner institutions around the world.

This position will be a key contributor to a dynamic team of technologists,
architects and information professionals defining the library of the future.
Come work in an agile-inspired, test-driven, team environment, balancing the
rapid and incremental delivery of new features with operational robustness.
Join us to realize the benefits of working with one of the most talented
technology teams in Silicon Valley to support Stanford scholars in one of the
nation's most inspiring campus environments, in the heart of the beautiful Bay

Duties and Responsibilities

Software engineering for the Stanford Digital Library's discovery and delivery
applications (60%). Work as part of the application development team on the
Stanford Digital Library's discovery applications, primarily using Ruby on
Rails, solr, and javascript. Enhance SearchWorks
( and other digital content delivery
environments, including systems for managing and delivering archival content.
As part of a team of digital library experts, enhance functionality, add data
sources, and integrate external services to maximize access to library assets
and value to patrons. Participate in the design and development of all levels
of the "discovery stack", including engineering for web, application, data
store, search, data processing flows, user-centered design and analytics.
Understand, apply and assist in the creation of access systems appropriate for
different resource types (e.g., catalog records, archives, digital
collections, full text, media, web harvests, research data) and different user

Track and apply known and emerging best practices in digital resource access
for both human and machine users, such as, RDF, linked data, and
(web) analytics. (20%) Expand DLSS's current web analytics program and propose
new strategies for leveraging analytics data to improve discoverability of SUL
content. Contribute to data modeling, transformations and engineering efforts
to leverage and bridge both XML- and RDF-based metadata and object

Community Engagement (20%) Represent Stanford in digital library communities,
particularly key strategic open source partnerships like Fedora, Hydra and
Blacklight. Identify and adapt code that fits Stanford's environment. Document
and disseminate Stanford development and operational solutions to other
adopters and potential code contributors. Track and apply industry best
practices, tools and methodologies to Stanford digital library development and
operations efforts.


Demonstrated experience with, or capacity to learn, Ruby on Rails for
application development and for engineering in an enhanced framework,
including plug-ins, engines and gems.

Demonstrated experience with, or capacity to learn, solr for indexing and
searching of content.

Demonstrated experience in the development and delivery of software that meets
requirements for quality,scale, and robustness in a large-scale production
environment, incorporating heterogeneous hardware (storage, network, servers),
dealing with issues of persistence, caching, bandwidth, I/O, load balancing,
etc. at a large scale(high volume, large files, many instances).

Working knowledge of or ability to adopt and apply agile software development
practices and test driven development principles.Ability to understand best
practices for software development, and an ability to introduce and reinforce
application of those practices in a team environment.

Demonstrated ability writing solid,simple, elegant code both independently and
in a team-programming environment,and within schedule limitations.

Experience working collaboratively on a project from specification to launch;
ability to work with multiple levels of staff, and within open source
communities; good verbal and written communication skills.

A candidate at the 4P3 level will require three or more years relevant
experience engineering applications or services in a data-driven software
environment. At the 4P4 level, candidates must have seven or more years of
relevant experience, and must have demonstrated senior-level contributions
and/or leadership roles in analogous environments.

Desired Skills

Prior experience in development support tools used in our environment is a
plus: Git, Puppet, Tomcat, Capistrano,Hudson, JIRA, etc.

Prior success in working in an academic environment.; experience in the
digital library community is a plus.

Familiarity with digital asset management and repository-related applications.

Experience contributing to community-based open source projects, including but
not limited to those relevant to the Stanford Libraries' digital library

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