Library Information Technology Specialist/Developer

Waterloo, Ontario
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Salary: $63,738 - $94,726
Created: August 15, 2022


The University of Waterloo Library seeks a creative and collegial developer for the position of Library Information Technology Specialist/Developer to join our digital initiatives team. The Digital Initiatives (DI) department is a small, highly collaborative, user-focused team that prioritizes learning and professional development. The team supports proprietary and open-source software, both locally hosted and cloud-based, to enable research, open access, scholarly communication, and digital scholarship projects.

A position that is suitable for hybrid work and reporting to the Head, Digital Initiatives, the developer will work on library software development activities to support the research, teaching and learning activities of the University of Waterloo.

Focus for this position will include supporting the development and maintenance of web applications via our institutional CMS (Drupal based) and digital scholarship software, projects, and repositories (eg. DSpace, Omeka, OJS, Islandora) within a Linux environment. Working collaboratively, the software development activities may encompass the software development lifecycle, including initial investigation, configuration and setup, design, testing, updates and ongoing support, maintenance, and troubleshooting. The successful candidate will have excellent knowledge of web-development technologies and frameworks (eg. Javascript, CSS, HTML5); scripting languages such as Python; and relational and NoSQL databases.

The Library Information Technology Specialist/Developer liaises and collaborates with library staff, faculty, and researchers across departments to analyze needs and recommend technological solutions. The position and DI department work closely with Library Technology and Facilities Services (LTFS) and campus Information Systems and Technology (IST) to successfully launch projects and ensure ongoing support and maintenance. The position may also collaborate with IT professionals across other academic institutions. The successful candidate will work well with groups, including subject experts who are not IT professionals.

The University of Waterloo library is the campus's partner in learning, research and innovation. It has two main campus locations plus three satellite locations to meet the diverse needs of our community. The University was built for change and the Library’s agility allows us to continuously transform approaches to creating, discovering, using, sharing and preserving information. We equip researchers and students with critical research skills – while committing to open and equitable access to information – to empower our campus community to improve our world as active citizens, creative problem solvers and agile leaders. Our work is done with a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

The Library supports many campus priorities including student wellness, sustainability, and the development of Indigenous initiatives, recognizing the responsibility of truth and reconciliation as outlined in the 94 Calls To Action.

The University of Waterloo Library is a member of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The Library is transitioning towards enhanced collaboration on a shared library platform through the OCUL Collaborative Futures project.


  • Post-secondary education in a computing discipline together with relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency with two or more current web programming languages
  • Development or administrative experience with a web content-management system
  • Demonstrated proficiency applying best practices to technical projects
  • Demonstrated understanding of web accessibility guidelines and their practical use
  • Creativity and strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written
  • A strong commitment to high quality customer service
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and collaborate with all staff in a respectful and sensitive manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently without direct supervision and to work well in a team-based environment
  • Experience with team collaboration tools, version control systems, and application deployment
  • Demonstrated experience with Linux server platforms, related software, and basic system administration utilities


  • Experience with PHP, Java, XML, XSLT, Python is an asset
  • Experience with Solr is an asset
  • Experience with APIs is an asset
  • Experience with one or more relational database management systems is an asset
  • Experience with Drupal, WordPress, or similar open-source content management system is an asset
  • Familiarity with the Fedora Commons repository system and access layers (e.g., Islandora, Hydra) is an asset
  • Familiarity with Open Source digital scholarship publishing platforms (eg. Omeka, DSpace, OJS) is an asset
  • Experience in an academic setting is an asset


The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience qualifications within the USG 9-11 salary level. Hiring range: $63,738 - $94,726 based on 2022/23 salary scales.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, retirement benefits, and health and wellness supports. For full details see:

We welcome interested candidates to connect directly with Krista Godfrey, Head, Digital Initiatives, to learn more about this exciting position. Krista may be reached at +1-519-888-4567 ext. 40014 or by email at

Deadline for applications: For assured consideration, applications should be received by August 26, 2022.

Job openings are posted until the position has been filled. Due to the number of applications received, only applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more about this job and to apply: To apply go to external opportunities at Careers at Waterloo.

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at  or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.

About the University of Waterloo

Waterloo has spawned thousands of commercial and social enterprises, is home to the world's largest co-operative education program and boasts a uniquely entrepreneurial culture that encourages experimentation and risk-taking. The result is an outstanding learning and research experience for more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada — the anchor of Canada’s innovation corridor.

University of Waterloo — Canada’s top innovation university — is a research powerhouse and the engine of one of the world’s leading startup ecosystems. Offering world-class scholarship and research, combined with unparalleled experience-based education, Waterloo builds a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, please visit the University of Waterloo website.

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