Programmer (IT Expert)

Gainesville, Florida
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Created: November 4, 2014


The Libraries’ Information Technology department serves as the focal point for planning, managing and coordinating computer based information resources that support library operations. The Libraries’ Information Technology department manages servers that support 800 workstations used by 270 staff with over 6 million on-site and over 20 million virtual visitors a year to the Libraries.

As a member of the Web and Software Development unit, the Programmer is responsible for software analysis, programming and database design and administration. This includes software to assist in internal business operations and to assist patrons to make full use of library resources. The IT Expert codes and implements complex software systems and acts as the primary administrator on various library-wide database instances.

- Coding and implementation of complex software systems, individually or as part of a team, on a variety of hardware and software platforms. The underlying programming, scripting, query, and markup languages involved may include, but are not limited to C#, Microsoft SQL (T-SQL), PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, HTML5 and CSS, with initial emphasis on C# and Microsoft SQL. Coding projects should be accurate, effective, efficient, secure, completed by designated timelines and be sufficiently documented so that a fellow team-member familiar with the specific programming language can determine program flow and make modifications based upon the associated documentation.    
- Act in capacity of primary or backup administrator of various library-wide database instances. These duties may include, but are not limited to: design of database backup strategy, connectivity troubleshooting, log review and performance optimization.     
- Design and maintenance of application related databases, and associated stored procedures.
- Act in capacity of primary or backup administrator of IIS or Apache Web server instances as relates to hosting of library-wide web applications. Duties may include, but are not limited to licensing, installation, patching and performance monitoring.   
- Perform software systems analysis for the purpose of capturing and translating user and customer needs into tangible multi-user software system requirements and functionality. Promote, and actively participate in, a process that provides for thorough and documented concept analysis and project pre-planning. The process should identify the specific project goals and sizing. The process should employ fact-finding mechanisms such as committee participation, literature research, staff interviews, questionnaires and focus groups, as necessary, in order to define the specific nature and scope of the project and the programmatic solution.
- Creation of HTML, javascript and CSS code as required in the implementation of web applications. 
- Perform other incidental duties necessary to accomplish the essential functions listed above.  Represent the Information Technology Department in internal and external committees, teams and similar work-groups. 

High school diploma and four years of any combination of relevant experience, education and/or certification. The level of expertise and skill required to qualify for a position in this classification is generally attained through combinations of education and experience in the field. While such employees commonly have a bachelor’s or higher degree, no particular academic degree is required.

• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
• Experience with Microsoft Visual Studio (.NET coding environment)
• Demonstrated experience with object-oriented programming languages. Preference given to experience with C# and Java
• Demonstrated experience with SQL. Experience with T-SQL is a plus
• Demonstrated experience with HTML and CSS and experience with web scripting languages, in particular javascript
• Experience with Microsoft SQL Server and/or Internet Information Server
• Experience with developing and delivering training
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment
• Demonstrated creativity and originality in the design of software systems
• Ability to transform client generated discussions into viable, value-added services
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with  faculty, students, and administrators

The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at

The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries; six are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The libraries hold over 5,800,000 print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 630,000 e-books, 121,016 full-text electronic journals, 889 electronic databases, 1,300,000 documents and 766,000 maps and images. The libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections, including the Latin American, Judaica, Florida History, Children’s Literature, and Maps and Imagery Collections. The Smathers Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), and LYRASIS. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants.

Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 240,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College.  Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2007, Gainesville was ranked as the “Best Place to Live and Work” by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated and as one of the “Best Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville's accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. A recent article in Florida Trend Magazine offers an in depth Community Portrait of Gainesville and the University of Florida. Gainesville was featured in the Top 100 Best Places to Love 2014 on Livability, America’s Best Places to Live & Visit. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two hour drive.

Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at

The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida's Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.

If you are interested in this position please apply online at

For further details about this position please contact Tina Marie Litchfield at (352) 273-2595.


Published: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 17:39 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:42 UTC