Digital Library Developer

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Created: October 21, 2015


 Digital Library Developer [16160]

Institution: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admin - Computing - Programming/Analyst
Admin - Libraries
Posted: 10/16/2015
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time
Announcement Number: 16160
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Digital Library Developer.

UNLV is a comprehensive research university of approximately 28,000 students and 2,900 faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, research, and service. The university has internationally recognized programs in hotel administration and creative writing; professional degrees in law, architecture, and dental medicine; and leading programs in fine arts, sciences and education. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in dynamic Southern Nevada. In 2009 the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC established Brookings Mountain West on the UNLV campus to study the region. For more information, visit us on-line at:

As a strong partner in student learning, UNLV Libraries fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning with innovative services, entrepreneurial staff, outstanding digital collections, up-to-date technology and internationally renowned Special Collections, including two research centers: the Center for Gaming Research and the Oral History Research Center. UNLV Libraries has over 120 experienced faculty librarians and staff and is comprised of Lied Library (a 302,000 square foot facility opened in 2001) and three branch libraries. We are a gateway to more than 20,000 electronic journals and 1.7 million books, including ebooks.

This position is located within the Web and Application Development Services Department, part of the Library Technologies Division. The Web and Application Development Services Department develops and deploys webpages, websites, and related applications within the Libraries, and collaboratively helps maintain existing web-based systems and services, including the primary library website and digital collections. Present infrastructure components associated with the discovery and delivery of unique digital assets include a digital asset management system (CONTENTdm), an archives collection management system (ArchivesSpace), a web content management system (Drupal), an externally hosted institutional repository system (BePress), a hosted subscription to web archiving software (Archive-It), and several ancillary systems and services. The infrastructure is evolving, with the Libraries presently investigating options related to a future digital asset management system and standards based digital preservation.

Applications maintained within the UNLV University Libraries' technical infrastructure support the information discovery and delivery environment for UNLV's 21st century students, researchers, and an extended community of lifelong learners. This administrative faculty position, reporting to the Head of Web and Application Development Services, will work to develop and extend the applications supporting the discovery and delivery of unique collections and digital assets from the UNLV University Libraries' Special Collections. Specifically, the incumbent will write, extend, and modify code enabling the deployment of new applications, modules, and resources supporting UNLV Libraries' digital library environment. The incumbent will analyze the existing infrastructure and applications, research technical options, and seek to develop and deploy system integrations supporting efficient workflows and management of records and data. Such work could include authoring and leveraging code, APIs, crosswalks, and record and data transformations. As digital library applications and discovery layers evolve, the incumbent is expected to play a key role in helping to integrate and present multiple library content sources and services in user-friendly modes. The UNLV Libraries foster a collaborative working environment, and the incumbent is expected to work constructively with a wide range of groups and individuals, and possess the ability to communicate with colleagues the technical constraints, requirements, and resource needs associated with work projects. The incumbent will assist other colleagues in application troubleshooting, upgrade, and security efforts; maintain up to date documentation for developed applications; and help manage code in a version-control system.

Education and Experience: A bachelor's degree from an accredited university, preferably in computer science, math, software engineering, or a related field; and two or more years of relevant work experience.

Technical Skills: Demonstrated proficiency with a major programming language such as Java or Ruby; demonstrated proficiency with a web scripting language such as PHP; experience with system design, implementation, and integration of online discovery environments; experience with APIs and API frameworks (HTTP/REST/JSON); experience with XML/XSLT and metadata extraction, transformation, and repurposing; experience with modifying existing open source code, and testing and clearly documenting code; experience with version control systems such as Git; familiarity with user centered design methodologies and usability design principles; familiarity with web content management systems, preferably Drupal. The UNLV Libraries does not operate within a .net environment, so candidates with .net backgrounds are encouraged to look at the technical skills as listed above to gauge their potential match for this position.

Additional Skills: Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously; ability to work in a collaborative team environment; excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to gather system requirements, provide detailed analysis and feedback, and the ability to translate technical concepts into layman terms; willingness to continually learn and stay abreast of developments and best practices in the evolving digital library environment.

Preferred Qualifications
A graduate degree in Library or Information Science is not required, however candidates possessing such credentials are encouraged to apply. An ideal applicant would be well versed with current digital library initiatives, platforms, programs, and trends; have familiarity with digital library standards, such as Dublin Core, MARC, METS, EAD, and OAI-PMH; and have familiarity with digital asset management / repository systems, such as ContentDM, Hydra, DSpace, Fedora.

This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position at range 2. Salaries are competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. Position is contingent upon funding. The UNLV Libraries offers attractive professional development opportunities.

Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates' materials will begin on November 9, 2015 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to the Digital Library Developer Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via on-line application at For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or


Contact: University of Nevada Las Vegas
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UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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