Full time Remote / Telecommute

Software developer for digital newspapers project

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Created: July 25, 2017


The University of Utah’s Marriott Library and the Boston Public Library
(BPL) are looking for a skilled, creative, and motivated software developer
to help us improve the way libraries store and share digitized historic
newspapers. This 20-month full-time telecommuting position, which includes
excellent benefits, is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and
Library Services (IMLS). The goals of the project will be to develop a set
of modular, open-source software plugins for ingesting, describing,
discovering, displaying, and disseminating digitized newspaper content
within the popular Samvera (formerly known as Hydra; https://samvera.org/)
and Fedora Commons (http://fedorarepository.org/) digital asset management
system framework. Due to the temporary nature of this position, the
Marriott Library will not be able to sponsor work-authorization visas.

The project addresses an acute need among institutions providing digital
access to cultural heritage materials. Newspaper content poses unique
challenges for management and dissemination, especially in terms of
article-level access. Our goal is to provide robust support for managing
both physical (microfilm reels, pages, digital files) and intellectual
(issues, articles) objects, as well as supporting descriptive metadata
specific to newspaper content.

The successful candidate will join a distributed team of passionate and
talented developers and technologists from The University of Utah and
Boston Public Library. We will employ a development process informed by
Agile development frameworks, emphasizing frequent communication, adaptive
planning driven by user needs, iterative development, frequent delivery of
releases, continuous refinement, and flexible adaptation to changing
requirements. You will also work with committees and Interest Groups
representing key stakeholders, who will provide guidance on project
planning, vision, and sustainability, as well as feedback on the code. (See

This is a telecommuting/remote position. See the link above for more
information on qualifications, responsibilities, and compensation. For full
consideration, please apply by July 31, 2017.

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