Web and Database Development Librarian

Raleigh, NC
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Created: June 26, 2017


NC LIVE is seeking a Web and Database Development Librarian to lead the design and management of the technologies that support a renowned statewide library consortium.  The Web and Database Development Librarian will be responsible for all technical aspects of NC LIVE’s web presence, systems integration, and the services that support its digital collections.  Your time will be allocated between systems architecting, ongoing maintenance of existing services, and software development to support new initiatives.  You will have the opportunity to collaborate with member librarians and developers to integrate their local tools and services with NC LIVE’s technologies.

The Web and Database Development Librarian will also work with an external vendor to ensure the robustness and reliability of NC LIVE’s hosted infrastructure; monitor and assist in the resolution of technical issues related to NC LIVE content and services; and serve as liaison to one Advisory Committee.


With a reputation as North Carolina’s premier partner for statewide library cooperation and shared digital content, NC LIVE provides 200 public and academic libraries with access to an essential and powerful array of core online resources that support education, enhance economic development, and improve the quality of life for every North Carolinian.

NC LIVE delivers shared access to a diverse digital collection that includes full-text article databases, ebooks and audio books, streaming video, demographic and business data, as well as reference materials, language learning tools, and more. In addition, the staff of seven provides authentication, discovery, and support services to member libraries in order to maximize use and return on investment in digital content.

Since its founding in 1997 by representatives of its four Communities of Interest (the community college system, the independent colleges and universities, the public libraries and State Library, and the state university system), NC LIVE has enjoyed a track record of success using entrepreneurial and innovative approaches that build on its collaborative infrastructure. The organization acts as a conduit for partnership as its Executive Director engages member libraries, state agencies, and other groups with shared values and goals to deliver content and services that support North Carolina’s libraries.

NC LIVE has an operating budget of more than $4.3 million and is funded through recurring state appropriations, with solid annual support from the independent colleges and universities. The consortium’s offices are headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina at its host institution, North Carolina State University Libraries, well renowned for its achievements in advancing library technologies and spaces.



The Web and Database Development Librarian works in an agile, highly collaborative environment. Duties and responsibilities will include:  

  • Develop and maintain the NC LIVE website and web applications.
  • Perform usability testing and assessment.
  • Adapt, integrate and maintain existing database applications, tools and services including but not limited to a Customer Relationship Management system, intranet tools, proxy and authentication services.
  • Develop/maintain customer-facing tools and back-end services that support data analysis of consortial content and digital library projects.
  • Develop new digital library services through an iterative process that emphasizes impact, adoption and sustainability.
  • Communicate with service providers and vendors to facilitate the development, maintenance and management of the server infrastructure and database applications.
  • Collaborate closely with member librarians and development staff.
  • Monitor and facilitate the resolution of high-level technical issues related to NC LIVE sponsored content and services.
  • Develop mobile applications.
  • Liaise with one Advisory Committee.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLIS, MLS or equivalent advanced degree.
  • A proven track-record of innovation.
  • Significant experience designing, developing and supporting web sites using CMSes, HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Experience with open source programming languages, including PHP.
  • Experience working with Unix/Linux environments and troubleshooting Unix-based applications and packages.
  • Database development experience with relational databases such as MySQL.
  • Familiarity with usability testing, website accessibility standards, and analytics.
  • Familiarity with mobile platforms and responsive design.
  • Familiarity with current digital library technologies, standards and best practices.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
  • Capacity to thrive in an exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to communicate clearly and succinctly both verbally and in reports and presentations.
  • Valid driver license and ability to travel to NC LIVE member libraries across the State.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with customer relationship management systems.
  • Familiarity with Drupal CMS.
  • Experience working in or on behalf of libraries.
  • Experience with APIs and/or search engine technologies.

Salary and Benefits

The NCSU Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include:  24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable. Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website. For assistance with this process contact NCSU Libraries Personnel Services Office (919) 515-3522.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.


Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 19:01 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 19:01 UTC