Software Developer Position (3-year fixed term contract)

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Created: April 23, 2014


The National Library of Ireland is seeking a talented, self-motivated graduate software developer to support the enhancement of its digital services infrastructure.

Brief Description of Position
The NLI’s current digital services infrastructure combines open-source software, vendor-supplied products, and locally-developed middleware and interfaces. Core systems include a Library Management System (VTLS Virtua), a discovery layer (VuFind), a digital repository framework (Fedora Commons/Hydra) which employ widely used technologies such as Apache Solr, Ruby on Rails, Zend Framework, MySQL, Oracle, and RESTful web APIs. The successful candidate will join a small team of library technologists and work collaboratively with librarians, archivists, metadata specialists, software vendors, and open-source communities. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a stimulating, challenging environment, to solve interesting problems, and to gain experience in industry-standard technologies and in best practice approaches within the digital library domain.

Principal Tasks
  • The main development will focus on enhancing the NLI’s existing digital repository system. Using the Hydra technology stack (, the successful candidate will develop processing pipelines and end-user applications to ensure the orderly processing, management, preservation and online delivery of digital assets and their associated metadata.
  • Provide analysis and programming support for data mapping and conversion projects
  • Provide analysis and programming support for systems and workflow integration projects
  • Further develop and integrate the NLI’s online catalogue and public web-interfaces
  • Contribute to the maintenance, deployment and documentation of code produced within the Information Systems team
  • Represent the National Library in the digital library and open source communities

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