Library Information Technology Specialist/Developer

Waterloo, ON, Canada
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Created: June 12, 2017


The University of Waterloo Library seeks a creative and collegial developer for the position of Library Information Technology Specialist/Developer. Reporting to the Head, Digital Initiatives, the incumbent will work on library software development activities to support the research, teaching and learning activities of the University of Waterloo. A focus of this position will be support of digital repositories and scholarly communication software such as Islandora, DSpace and Open Journal Systems. In collaboration with other Digital Initiatives and library staff, the software development activities may encompass all phases of the software development lifecycle, including business analysis, initial configuration and setup, design, testing, updates, and ongoing support, maintenance, and troubleshooting. The Library Information Technology Specialist/Developer liaises with library staff to analyze needs and suggest technological solutions.

The University of Waterloo Library is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). The Library is a member of the Tri-University Group (TUG), along with member libraries at the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University, serving a combined student population of over 76,000, combined holdings exceeding 5 million, and combined budgets exceeding $45 million. The Tri-University Group manages shared technology and a remote storage facility, and enables collaborative projects across the three library systems.


·         Post-secondary education in a computing discipline together with relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

·         Demonstrated proficiency with two or more current web programming languages

·         Development or administrative experience with a web content-management system

·         Demonstrated proficiency applying best practices to technical projects

·         Demonstrated understanding of web accessibility guidelines and their practical use

·         Creativity and strong analytical and problem-solving skills

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written

·         A strong commitment to high quality customer service

·         Demonstrated ability to interact and collaborate with all staff in a respectful and sensitive manner

·         Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently without direct supervision and to work well in a team-based environment

·         Experience with team collaboration tools, version control systems, and application deployment

·         Demonstrated experience with Linux server platforms, related software, and basic system administration utilities



·         Experience with PHP, Java, XML, XSLT is an asset

·         Experience with Solr is an asset

·         Experience with one or more relational database management systems is an asset

·         Experience with Drupal, WordPress, or similar open-source content management system is an asset

·         Familiarity with the Fedora Commons repository system and access layers (e.g., Islandora, Hydra) is an asset

·         Familiarity with the DSpace repository system is an asset

·         Familiarity with Open Access digital scholarship publishing platforms (eg. Open Journal Systems) is an asset

·         Experience in an academic setting is an asset




The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience qualifications within the USG 9-11 salary level. For uWaterloo pay scales, refer to


Additional information:

We welcome interested candidates to connect directly with Alison Hitchens, Acting Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services, to learn more about this exciting position. Alison may be reached at +1-519-888-4567 ext. 35980 or by email at

Interviews are expected to be held beginning in July 2017

For a full job description and to apply:

 Deadline for applications: for assured consideration, applications should be received by June 30, 2017


Employment Equity: The University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We invite applications from all interested applicants. Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.

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Waterloo has spawned thousands of commercial and social enterprises, is home to the world's largest co-operative education program and boasts a uniquely entrepreneurial culture that encourages experimentation and risk-taking.  The result is an outstanding learning and research experience for more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada — the anchor of Canada’s innovation corridor.

University of Waterloo — Canada’s top innovation university — is a research powerhouse and the engine of one of the world’s leading startup ecosystems. Offering world-class scholarship and research, combined with unparalleled experience-based education, Waterloo builds a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow.

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Published: Monday, June 12, 2017 21:14 UTC

Last updated: Monday, June 12, 2017 21:14 UTC