Library Technology Architect

Cambridge, MA
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Created: July 2, 2015


Reporting to the Managing Director of Library Technology Services (LTS), Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) seeks a Library Technology Architect. This new role will be a member of a high performing leadership team which focuses on the development of powerful solutions to advance scholarship and teaching through the collection, creation, application, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge.  LTS works in deep collaboration with the Harvard Library (HL), one of the premier research libraries in the world, as well as with HUIT’s Academic Technology team to ensure that library materials and services are effectively embedded into the academic enterprise.  The Library Technology Architect will also work in close collaboration with digital library software engineers and systems librarians on specific library technology projects which will support the Harvard Library strategic objectives.

Key responsibilities of the position will be to assess the current state of library enterprise architecture, develop road maps for all major components of the enterprise library technology environment and to develop a multi-year IT strategy which aligns with the strategic objectives of the Harvard Library.

Initial focus areas will include participation in projects in the following areas:
  • Participate in a technical review of options for a new Library Services Platform to assess integration and compliance with Harvard enterprise architecture
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders in LTS and HL on architectural aspects of the developing landscape of tools used to collect and create digital library collections
  • Play active role in the ongoing assessment and architectural planning for digital repository services for the Harvard Library
  • Develop a plan for Interoperability and to promote the use of APIs in the library environment
  • Play a lead role in external collaborative developments such as LD4L and the IIIF consortium
Basic Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in computer science or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience, required
  • Ten or more years of experience architecting complex enterprise information systems
  • Experience contributing to the successful development and operation of enterprise-scale information systems as reliable infrastructure, including hardware, software, middleware, and supporting human processes
Additional Qualifications Required:
  • Expert knowledge of IT infrastructure and current standards, including architecting and integrating multi-tiered system architectures
  • Solid knowledge of server and storage architectures, as well as cloud based solutions;  IT middleware, including authentication, authorization, account provisioning, identity management, and directory services, and proven experience designing system that integrate with / incorporate these services
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results in a complex and demand driven environment, working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, colleagues at peer institutions and open source communities
  • Knowledge of key trends in digital developments in research libraries including open source community projects, linked open data, bibliographic standards, metadata schemas, and digital repositories
  • Proven ability to capture, document and convey complex business needs and processes, translate them into functional requirements and system specifications, and develop a supporting technical design at an abstract level, and detailed technical specifications (including choice of implementation technologies)
  • Sophisticated understanding of how information is organized and used to support the academic and research missions of the university

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