Library Applications Developer

Chestnut Hill, MA
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Salary: $60,800 - $97,200
Created: October 20, 2021


Boston College Libraries is seeking a Library Applications Developer to join our enthusiastic, collaborative, and supportive team. We’re looking for someone who will enjoy solving interesting problems, experimenting with new ideas, and advocating for user needs.

As a Library Applications Developer, you will:

  • Collaborate with partners from across campus to develop and implement practical, usable library services

  • Serve as technical lead from design to deployment while balancing interests and requirements from a wide range of stakeholders

  • Discover and advocate for the needs of Students, Faculty, and Staff 

  • Contribute to the team’s development and support methodologies

  • Report to the Head of Library Systems and Applications

You’ll love this role if you are passionate about application development and are fascinated by the unique challenges of searching and using library collections online. You’ll work closely with colleagues across the library and university, including archivists, metadata specialists, and scholars.

Boston College Libraries operate in accordance with our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion values statement (, which is central to our mission. We acknowledge historical, structural, and systemic injustices and are actively working to build a culture that recognizes, values, and empowers all people and provides space for discourse and growth. We expect applicants for this position to demonstrate a commitment to sustaining a respectful, accountable, and intentionally inclusive culture.

Hiring range: 

We’re looking to make the right addition to our team. Salary is commensurate with your experience developing web applications in a Linux/Unix environment. Regardless of your experience level, we’re committed to supporting your growth in this role.

  • Less than 3 years: Associate Library Applications Developer - $60,800 - $76,000

  • 3-5 years: Library Applications Developer - $70,500 - $88,100

  • 5 or more years: Senior Library Applications Developer - $77,750 - $97,200


  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Occasional weekend or off-work hours are required to handle system outages and routine maintenance.

Additional Qualifications:

You will thrive in this role if you have some of these skills, abilities, and experiences: 

  • You can effectively communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience

  • You have demonstrated experience as a front-end and/or back-end developer

  • You’re committed to documentation, including authoring README files, updating wiki pages, and adding descriptive code comments

  • You have experience with project management

  • You can configure and manage Linux web servers such as Apache, NGINX, and Tomcat

  • You are comfortable working with APIs

  • You have experience with collaborative version control such as Git

  • You actively participate in open-source software projects, including bug reporting and contributing code

  • You have some knowledge or experience with search and indexing platforms such as Solr or Elasticsearch

If you feel that you meet some but not all the requirements, don’t let a confidence gap stop you from applying. Sometimes a list of qualifications can miss the elements that would most strengthen our team; we value the many different skills which make all of us unique.

To apply, please visit the Boston College Employment website:

How to apply


Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 15:01 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 15:01 UTC