Library Digital Scholarship Unit - Systems Administrator

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Created: August 2, 2016


The UTSC Library is a leader in academic library service and program development. The library supports research and study by housing an extensive network of scholarly materials in many formats. The library offers an extensive reference and research service and holds a local collection of about 400,000 print items, journal subscriptions, sound recordings, videos and films, a leisure reading collection, special research and archival collections.

The position will receive functional and business directions from the Coordinator of the UTSC Library’s Digital Scholarship Unit (DSU), and receive technical directions from the Manager, Systems in the department of Information and Instructional Technology Services (IITS). The position  administers both physical and virtualized systems on a variety of platforms including Linux, Windows, and Apple OS/X.  The position’s duties include: configuring, administering and maintaining a variety of servers in use by the DSU; creating and maintaining virtual server installations; administering, maintaining, and troubleshooting application servers including Fedora Commons, Solr, Adore-Djatoka, Islandora, Drupal and other applications required to support the library’s operations and projects successfully. The position is responsible for delivering a functional web and application infrastructure; managing daily technical support, administration, maintenance and optimization of critical web and software applications; implementing risk management practices and adopted security controls; and supporting application development cycle for the development needs of the DSU. The position also installs software, performs OS updates as needed, and advises on software and hardware refresh cycle. 

The DSU System Administrator also provides advice on the applicability of new technologies and developments that may aid in increasing the productivity and efficiency of services and resources. The position works under direction of IITS (Instructional & Information Technology Services at UTSC) for server provisioning, network connectivity and other computing infrastructural needs of the DSU.


University degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

A minimum four years related experience in a similar environment, working in a complex, heterogeneous computing environment. In-depth knowledge of Linux and Macintosh OS/X operating systems, server and workstations; virtualized servers (Xen, Vmware).  Working experience with Web-based solution design and implementation, Web server administration, and application development support and deployment.  Substantial experience required in Linux system administration (Debian, Ubuntu), SQL database administration, application and server performance tuning. Strong programming background in shell scripting, PHP, SQL, Java etc. Experience with troubleshooting systems and applications in a complex networked environment. Experience installing, patching, optimizing and maintaining diverse software and application packages. Experience with NAS/SAN storage systems. 

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and patiently with both naïve and sophisticated users on both technical and policy issues. Strong commitment to high quality service.  Strong initiative and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.  Excellent analytical skills and time management skills with enthusiastic attitude to permit simultaneous action on many tasks, many of which will demand timely completion.

Ability to handle, lift and manipulate computer hardware and electronic equipment and relevant testing equipment.

All interested applicants are to apply online by August 30, 2016:

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