Full time Remote / Telecommute

Digital Library Applications Administrator

Northampton, MA
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Salary: 65,000 - 75,000
Created: November 2, 2022


Job Summary

The Digital Library Applications Administrator provides support for multiple software and web packages across Smith College Libraries, with a particular emphasis on tools used by Special Collections for the management, distribution, and preservation of archival holdings. This role builds connections to internal and external applications, and uses creativity and innovation to create new and exciting applications improving access and discovery of library resources. As a member of the extended Smith College IT community, this role works within established IT standards and practices overseen by the Information Technology Services group, participates in institutional IT planning groups and initiatives, and contributes to the development and management of cross-unit service teams. As part of the Five College community, this position communicates and collaborates on Five College projects that may be beneficial to other libraries and works with our partners on development needs for Smith College Libraries.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Major Application Development and Support: (40%)

Administer library applications across multiple environments and operating platforms, including: tools for web content management such as Drupal and Omeka, digital collection repositories such as Islandora and Digital Commons, archives information management such as ArchiveSpace, and other teaching and learning products including the Springshare suite. Develop integrations across management and distribution applications.

Internal System Support (35%)

Support the libraries website, including bug fixes, package updates and future development. Conduct maintenance, monitor performance and security, and update web, database, and ancillary services. Participate in iterative testing and integration of user feedback throughout the development process. Assist with UX analysis of library systems. Manage staff user accounts and access to library systems. Develop and implement procedures, workflows, and produce related documentation.

Collaboration (25%)

Work closely with staff across DADE, Special Collections, and Teaching, Learning & Research units to develop exciting solutions that help improve scholarship, discovery, and stewardship of library resources. Utilize a deep understanding of local systems, practices, and tools to consult on technical decisions, improve efficiencies, and move complex projects forward. Mentor and support Special Collections staff in the development of scripting and other technical skills. Contribute technical expertise to working groups at the Libraries, Museum, College, and Five College-level.

Other Functions

Other duties as assigned.

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program or an advanced degree in a related discipline preferred.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior work experience in academic libraries or archives. Experience using Apache Solr, Vagrant, Docker or containerized development/deployment strategies. Experience leading QA. Demonstrated experience with project management, familiarity with agile methodologies, and DevOps practices. Understanding of accessibility issues in the digital environment, including WCAG. Familiarity with Dublin Core, METS, and MODS. Experience providing technology teaching, training and/or consultation. Familiar with digital library metadata standards and formats including textual, still image, and audio/visual preferred.

Demonstrated ability to work flexibly, independently and collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a rapidly changing service environment. Ability to take initiative, solve problems and prioritize work effectively. Awareness of new technologies and trends and their applications for library services. Ability to effectively manage multiple and competing projects and priorities. Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Fluent in more than one programming language, such as PHP, Python, Ruby, or JavaScript. Experience in establishing and customizing open source software, preferably Drupal, Islandora, and ArchiveSpace. Demonstrated experience in version control systems. Knowledge of API’s and how to create and implement them. Knowledge of web development technologies and languages, including HTML and CSS

Last updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 16:02 UTC