Job Opening: Digital Repository Developer: Northwestern University Library, Evanston, IL USA

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Created: October 22, 2007


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Senior Information Systems Architecture Engineer (Digital Repository Developer) 12 month grant funded position

Interested applicants need to apply online via Northwestern's eRecruit web site, referencing Job Opening ID #12352, at: <>

The Northwestern University Library is engaged in a number of data repository and data management initiatives at a regional and national. The Repository Analyst/Engineer works in a highly collaborative environment with library colleagues and external partners to adapt the Library's Kirtas book scanning production from a simple reformatting operation to a dynamic program that will enable the library to make fully searchable online any object in a book format. In addition, the project addresses the need for the creation of a Fedora-based book interface tool that could potentially be of benefit to dozens of research libraries currently developing digital repositories based on Fedora systems architecture.

NOTE: This is a twelve month, grant funded position from Fall 2007 through Fall 2008.

PRINCIPLE ACCOUNTABILITIES: - Designing, programming, testing and deploying applications and system interfaces using applicable programming languages in order to automate ingestion tool digital objects and metadata into the repository;

- Applying system analysis techniques and procedures to determine which software and system functional and technical specifications will be needed for the online book components;

- Evaluating potential commercial and open-source solutions for integration with the repository;

- Consulting with other Fedora implementation sites about emerging approaches to delivering complex digital objects;

- Defining and implementing programmatic interfaces with other systems in support of the repository;

- Designing and testing user interfaces;

- Performing other related duties as required or assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: - A bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired;

- At least 4 years of significant development experience in an object oriented development environment including experience with Java and Web Services programming in a service-oriented architecture;

- Knowledge of Java, Java Applications, PHP, SQL, JavaScript, CSS, XML, XPATH and XSLT;

- Demonstrated experience in at least two of the following areas: Information exchange protocols such as OAI-PMH, SRU, and OpenURL, Metadata standards, preferably METS, MODS, MARC, Dublin Core, PREMIS, and MIX)Encoding formats such as TEI and EAD and Programmatic image processing using TIFF or JPEG2000;

- Strong analytical and problem solving skills;

- Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment;

- Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines;

- Creativity in problem solving to independently resolve technical issues as well as extrapolate from one situation to another;

- Demonstrated experience with Unix/Linux server platforms, related software, and basic system administration utilities.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: - A master's degree in Computer Science, Information Science or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired;

- Experience with IT in a higher education environment;

- Experience with repository software (such as DSpace, Greenstone, or Fedora).

ENVIRONMENT: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, is a major private university with an extensive library system. This includes the Northwestern University Library, three branch libraries on the Evanston Campus, and three libraries on the Chicago Campus. Northwestern University Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and participates in programs of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). The holdings of the libraries total over 4 million volumes. See more information about the Library at: <>.

TO APPLY: Interested applicants need to apply online via Northwestern's eRecruit web site, referencing Job Opening ID #12352, at: <>

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.

-- ---- Stu Baker Head, Digital Library Systems Development @ Northwestern University 1970 Campus Drive | Room 1177 | Evanston, IL | 60208-2300 847.467.1984 <>

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