Digital Projects Developer

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Created: June 22, 2014


The Digital Projects Developer develops and maintains web applications utilized by faculty, staff, students, and patrons of the Duke University Libraries (DUL). S/He provides support for middleware and interface development for DUL’s enterprise platforms. S/He serves as analyst in a variety of areas, including data management, usability, applications architecture, and workflow enhancement.

Responsibilities • Develops, customizes, and maintains web applications using DUL’s enterprise platforms. Works with DUL stakeholders on a wide range of technology initiatives to meet needs for library services. • Implements or develops high quality, innovative, and sustainable software for such functions as departmental and team web sites, resource discovery and access, data visualization and GIS, tools for digital scholarship, and others as needed. • Working with project teams and staff in Discovery and Core Services, builds authentication-based services into applications, adapts user interface (UI) themes to application frameworks, and integrates services across platforms. • Serves as a liaison to assigned DUL project teams in resolving technical issues. Diagnoses and escalates issues to other technical support units, including non-DUL support units. • Develops queries, algorithms, and programming workflows to transform data for uses in resource discovery, visualization, library assessment, and other applications. • Works with teams of librarians, analysts, developers, and other staff to cultivate an environment of innovation. Consults and collaborates with partners beyond the library, including campus stakeholders and communities beyond Duke. • Collaborates with partners in the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) to provide technical support and feature development as needed for the library catalog search web application. • Maintains knowledge and awareness of technology trends and evaluates their impact on applications used in the DUL. • Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein. Supervisory Responsibilities • None Qualifications It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.


Required: BA/BS in computer science or a related technical field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: Master’s degree in Information Science, Computer Science, Library Science, or a related field.



• Demonstrated competence in web programming and scripting using PHP or Ruby on Rails; • Strong service orientation as demonstrated by an ability to work effectively with staff and other personnel at all levels; • Excellent time management and project management skills; • Effective interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks and use good judgment in providing services based on goals with minimum supervision; • Ability to establish and build collaborative working relationships with a wide range of people; • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team environment. Preferred:

• Prior experience supporting IT in an academic research library; • Experience with application development tools and techniques, such as version control and unit testing, and one or project management methodologies; • Experience with constructing and automatically extracting information from both relational and non-relational databases; • Familiarity with RDF and linked data, with XML/XSLT, and with library metadata standards and encoding practices, such as Dublin Core, MARC, EAD, METS, or MODS; • Working knowledge of one or more of the following: Python, JavaScript, JQuery, the Hydra framework, Drupal, WordPress, D3, Ajax and/or R; • Experience in topical areas such as geoserver applications, image analytics, text mining, game development, mobile platforms or other areas of interest relevant to digital scholarly projects; Working Conditions • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible • Normal office environment • Occasional evening and weekend work required These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 15 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.

Environment Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly, Music, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:

Application An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references should be submitted at - refer to Requisition # 400845601. Review of applications will begin in late June and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

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