Library Applications Programmer

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Created: June 9, 2010


(Apologies for reposting. The job description on the hiring web site has been adjusted to more accurately reflect the position.)


The Library Applications Programmer works in a team-oriented environment to administer, support and enhance the library technology infrastructure of the Tri-College Libraries Consortium (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges). The incumbent will be responsible for designing, implementing and testing the Tri-College Libraries’ digital services, including integration of information search and retrieval across multiple applications; developing tools for digital content creation, access, and delivery; and administrative tools for library staff. The incumbent will supervise a systems-oriented intern position. Along with the intern, the incumbent will support core information systems for the Tri-College Libraries, including the integrated library system, inter-library loan/document delivery software and systems, digital asset management systems, institutional repositories, and other centrally-served technologies. The position will also actively explore new library technologies and tools for possible use by the Consortium.


Required: * BA/BS in computer or information science or related field; * Coursework or experience in Library or Information Science * Proficient in current programming and/or scripting languages or technologies including Javascript, PHP, SQL * Demonstrated knowledge of Web design and development including HTML, CSS * Working knowledge of standard metadata formats such as Dublin Core, data migration, crosswalks, XML, and XSLT * Strong written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills and a service-orientation * Ability to work independently, and in group settings * Ability to be self-directed and to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously * Strong analytic and problem solving skills * Creative outlook on the use of technology

Preferred: * Familiarity with and demonstrated interest in academic library technologies * Experience with Linux and/or Unix, web servers, and database application configuration (MySQL, Oracle, and/or Postgres a plus) * Additional programming language experience with one of the following: Python, Java, Perl, or Ruby

ABOUT THE TRI-COLLEGE LIBRARY CONSORTIUM The Tri-College Library Consortium of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges has developed complementary relationships among the staffs over a period of decades and has shared an integrated library system for 20 years. Patrons of one member library have generally unlimited access to the collections and resources of the others. The working culture of the Consortium is continually evolving toward increased collaboration in a professional community committed to the candid exchange of ideas, thoughtful change, and consistent, appropriate innovation.

Please apply through our Human Resources web site at Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.


Published: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 15:46 UTC

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