Digital Collections Application Specialist

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Created: September 10, 2014


 UWM Libraries seeks an energetic, knowledgeable, and technologically capable individual to serve as a Digital Collections Application Specialist. This position supports resource and tool development in the Library’s Department of Digital Collections and Initiatives. The department has been building digital collections drawn from the Library’s unique collections in Archives, Special Collections and the American Geographical Society Library since 2001. Going forward, the department will be developing tools and exploring new modes of discovery and interactivity, such as geographic discovery, contextual materials, and social tools, and working closely with campus initiatives in digital scholarship, including the digital humanities.

Job Summary/Basic Function:
Duties include designing and developing digital exhibits, data visualizations, and integrating those tools and resources with existing digital collections; interacting with faculty and staff to gather requirements for tool and digital collection development; working with Library Systems staff and campus IT to resolve technical issues; and supervising student workers in the Department of Digital Collections and Initiatives. This position reports to the head of the Department of Digital Collections and Initiatives.

Job Summary/Basic Function:
  • Develop and customize tools, including open source tools, for use with UWM Digital Collections
  • Work with faculty and staff to gather requirements for tool and web development projects
  • Work with CONTENTdm API to integrate custom tools into existing collections
  • Evaluate existing tools and technologies, and investigate emerging technologies to identify potential uses. Prototype demonstration projects
  • Help identify technical requirements and keep abreast of new research and development in digital humanities and other areas related to digital collections
  • Document workflows and procedures, and help form policy for digital tool development
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Evidence of relevant experience working with digital tool and application development
  • Demonstrated understanding of developments and trends in digital collections and digital humanities
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate design and development concepts and to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Science, Computer Science or related field
  • 1+ years of web and/or application development experience
  • Evidence of experience developing tools and applications using one or more of the following languages or standards, or related languages or standards: Javascript, JSON, MySQL, PHP, XSLT
  • Demonstrated proficiency with web development
  • Knowledge of systems and network security issues and trends
  • Experience working in a LINUX environment, specifically with LAMP services


Published: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 13:10 UTC

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