Position: Web Applications Developer (U of Minnesota)

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Created: March 12, 2007


The following position is available immediately at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities:


Web Applications Developer, Digital Library Development Lab University of Minnesota Libraries

The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks a highly skilled and productive technical staff member to join the Digital Library Development Lab to provide database and applications development support for new and existing digital library projects. The position is for a full-time, 12-month appointment. The position reports to the Director of the Digital Library Development Lab.

Environment: The University of Minnesota Libraries, a vibrant system of libraries on the Twin Cities campus, provide collections and services in support of the University's mission and programs in 14 separate facilities. The Libraries are an integral part of the campus life and a significant collaborator within the state, national, and international research library communities.

Positioned within the Libraries' Information Technology Division, the Digital Library Development Lab develops and supports the architecture, tools, and interfaces that integrate information resources and services into the University's digital library, and educational and research environments. The Lab aspires to deliver an information environment that significantly advances end-user resource discovery, retrieval, and use of information through the implementation of an architecture that seamlessly integrates content, services, and tools. The Lab is responsible for the design, development or acquisition, and implementation of the software tools that make such an environment possible. The Digital Collections unit, which is responsible for the production and presentation of digital formats of research and scholarly material from the Libraries' collections and from across the University, is an integral part of the Lab. As a growing unit, the Lab currently consists of 8.5 FTE, which includes web applications developers, a web services coordinator, an interface/web designer, digital asset production team, and management. The Lab works in collaboration with the other departments in the Libraries' Information Technology Division -- Central Operations (server and network systems), Libraries Enterprise Operations, Computer Support (desktop), and Health Sciences Systems departments -- and other units in the Libraries and at the University.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will share responsibilities for a variety of projects currently in planning or development, or under implementation. While specific assignments will depend on the candidate's experience and areas of expertise, general responsibilities will include:

* Systems analysis and planning -- interpreting needs and proposing technical solutions for projects involving web database creation and enhancement, and interface development. * Database development and implementation, applications programming, and tools development -- designing, developing, and adapting resources and tools for ingesting, storing, managing, and accessing digital content into various digital repositories; * Integration development -- assisting in the design and development of deeper integration of information assets available in the Libraries' online environment with the user community's teaching, learning, and research processes, including tools that support personalized and collaborative access to and interaction with assets; * Troubleshooting and resolving problems within expected timeframes; * Creating and maintaining appropriate documentation and records; * Other related responsibilities, as assigned.

Qualifications -- Required: * B.A. or B.S., preferably in computer science or a related field. * Experience in systems analysis and design plus two or more years of programming experience, including substantial experience with C programming languages, or C-like languages (e.g., Java, Perl, PHP) and with web-enabled relational database applications (Oracle, MySQL, and/or PostgreSQL) * Experience with Unix operating systems * Demonstrated project management and software development experience * Experience with troubleshooting and problem resolution, planning and time management, and creating and maintaining documentation * Effective interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal * Ability to work independently and as part of a project team.

Qualifications -- Preferred: * M.A. or M.S. in computer science, M.I.S., library science, or related field * Experience with applications using Java language, including servlets, JSP, and tomcat, Jrun or similar technology * Experience with digital library applications, including XML standards (XSL/XPath, XQuery, XSLT, XML Schema and namespaces) * Understanding of and experience in developing software based on other standards relevant to the digital library development: e.g., RDF, DOI, handle, OAI-PMH, Z39.50, SRU/W, OpenURL * Experience working in a multi-disciplinary collaborative development environment * Experience working in a library environment

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time, 12-month information technology professional position in the professional academic classification. The Libraries offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

TO APPLY: Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Submit a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three current professional references at http://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56898. This position opening is Job No: UL223, with Requisition No: 144234.

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.



Published: Monday, March 12, 2007 15:16 UTC

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