Job Opening: Systems Analyst/Programmer: Northwestern University Library

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Created: November 14, 2007


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Systems Analyst/Programmer

Interested applicants need to apply online via Northwestern's eRecruit web site, referencing Job Opening ID #12456, at: <>

JOB SUMMARY: Working with the University Library, Digital Library Systems Development Team, this position will assist in the administration of a number of the library and university enterprise systems and databases for the Library. This position will work in a highly collaborative environment with Library colleagues and external partners on the analysis, design, coding and testing of differently functional systems in support of the Library's enterprise applications.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES: - Coordinate and perform activities related to the analysis, design, coding, testing, implementation, maintenance and support of the Library's enterprise applications; maintain an understanding of the different functional system components as they relate to operational units of the library and the university;

- Design and develop and maintain, data conversion, software integration and external interfaces to other University and external partner systems;

- Assist with troubleshooting for the Library's enterprise applications; inform library staff of system developments and works with appropriate individuals and vendors to implement upgrades, enhancements and modifications;

- Perform, monitor and troubleshoot routine database record import, export and manipulation procedures; prepare data analysis and statistical reports;

- Act as a liaison between vendors and the University community in order to maintain and support components of the systems environment;

- Perform routine system administration tasks and other related duties as required or assigned

- Prepare documentation to effect knowledge transfer of application systems and local software development.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 1. 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

2. A minimum of three years of professional experience in managing systems including Voyager Integrated Library System or an equivalent large-scale integrated library system.

MINIMUM COMPETENCIES: 1. Working knowledge of MARC 21 bibliographic data format in addition to other library standards and protocols;

2. Strong database (Oracle, MySQL) management and maintenance skills;

3. Extensive knowledge of Perl programming, Unix shell scripts or other related programming experience with languages such as Java, PHP, Python, Ruby;

4. Demonstrated experience with Unix or Linux server platforms, related software, and basic system administration utilities;

5. Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

6. Collaboration - Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one's own team; respects the needs and contributions of others.

7. Efficiency/Dependability - Effectively performs duties and responsibilities; displays attention to detail; supports organizational policies; anticipates demands/pressures of assignments and adjusts accordingly.

8. Initiative - Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems.

9. Organization - Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention to detail; targets projects or initiatives that require special attention and focuses on key tasks when faced with limited time and/or resources

10. Problem Solving - Formulates realistic plans and contingencies and establishes appropriate measurements of anticipated results.


2. Hands on experience implementing next-generation library enterprise systems such as federated search, electronic resource management systems, open-linking resolvers.

3. Experience with metadata standards, crosswalk applications and information exchange protocols such as Z39.50, OAI-PMH, SRU, and OpenURL.

PREFERRED COMPETENCIES: (SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES) 1. Knowledge and experience with functional aspects of integrated library systems, including, cataloging, circulation, acquisitions and OPACs;

2. Working knowledge of computer networking technologies, web-based services, and current developments in library applications of information technologies;

3. Project management experience;

4. Knowledge and practical skills with Microsoft Access or equivalent database application, HTML and web technology.

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 #12456, at: <>

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


Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 13:32 UTC

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