Digital Library Software Engineer - Office of Scholarly Communications

Harvard University
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Created: August 17, 2016


Come and join a library team at Harvard dedicated to open access to scholarly output. You'll be working with Harvard's Office for Scholarly Communication, which spearheads campus-wide initiatives to open, share, and preserve scholarship. With support from OSC, all Harvard schools have now adopted open-access policies for new scholarly articles by faculty. Harvard research centers have also begun to adopt open-access policies, including the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

OSC uses DSpace, Vireo, and a variety of python/flask applications to simplify ingest workflows, report download statistics to faculty, and to interact with a rich ecosystem of content providers and recipients.

This is a fully benefited, full-time Harvard University position that has been funded until June 30, 2018.  There is the possibility of renewal, contingent on funding, university priorities and satisfactory job performance.

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In this position, you will:
- Provide technical support and for the systems and services used by the Office for Scholarly Communications as well as services provided to scholars to support open access policies and system infrastructure.
- Administer and enhance the Harvard open access digital repository.
- Develop and enhance software and websites.
- Evaluate both existing and emerging repository software for future development. Take ownership of new open access (OA) projects.
- Collaborate on projects with librarians, scholars, lawyers, and technologists across institutional boundaries.

*Basic Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree in computer science, information science or related experience
- 3+ years hands-on, related applications development experience including developing, debugging, testing, implementing, and supporting database-driven websites

Additional Qualifications
- Experience with digital repository software (such as DSpace or Fedora)
- Experience with team collaboration tools, version control systems, and application deployment
- Experience using and developing APIs and microservices
- Experience with database technologies (such as MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL)
- Experience with at least 3-4 of the following technologies: python, php, javascript, flask, jekyll, drupal, html5, sass/scss, css3

Desired but not required:
- Knowledge and experience with the Open Access (OA) movement, including mission, vision, goals, licensing, and how OA works at the university level
- Experience with library applications, technology, and standards, including relevant library open source efforts
- Experience working with linked data, web APIs, and related standards and principles
- Experience with Unix or Linux server platforms, related software, and basic system administration utilities
- Familiarity with Java OR demonstrated aptitude and willingness to learn Java
- Familiarity with authentication/credential systems such as Shibboleth, Active Directory, and/or LDAP
- Experience with python, javascript, flask, jekyll, grunt, selenium, html5, sass/scss, css3, bootstrap;
- Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with technical and non-technical staff, including faculty
- Familiarity with Agile software development methodology, and accessibility standards and remediation
- Familiarity with library metadata standards and bibliographic information structure
- Knowledge of MVC web development frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails or Django

The Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication was formed in 2008 with a charge to the Library from the Harvard Provost to spearhead campus-wide initiatives to open, share, and preserve scholarship. "Open access" is a global movement to provide research output without price barriers or access restrictions in order to promote the sharing and creation of knowledge.  The OSC benefits from the oversight of a University-wide faculty advisory committee that provides advice on specific programs and policies.

Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) is the University wide, open-access, repository used to house articles that fall under the faculty open access policies. OSC is undertaking many other activities related to open access, including online distribution of PhD dissertations, and education and outreach to faculty on the importance of the policies and the procedures for supporting open access.

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