Job Opening: Federated Search Developer at University of Michigan Library

Ann Arbor
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Created: September 3, 2008


The University of Michigan¹s Library Web Systems department has received funding for a one-year term position to build a new, improved, federated search tool for the University Library.

Library Web Systems manages the U-M Library web site [ ], federated search [ ], the library's social bookmarking tool [ ], develops other innovative and experimental tools through MLibrary Labs [ ], and is implementing Drupal as our content management system.

The Federated Search Developer will create new tools to better match licensed databases with patron needs. The new system will lead our users to A) the right database [relevant to search query] at the B) right level [appropriate to the academic level of the specific question] of subject-specific resources and C) ask the database the right question [using vocabulary appropriate to the search target]. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience and expertise in working with systems and data integration in library databases. Applicants should show experience with PHP, Perl, MySQL, XML, and data interchange processes and formats.

This is a one-year term, full-time (40-hour) position. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 24 vacation days a year, health insurance, generous retirement contributions, and much more. Salary is dependent on education and previous relevant experience.

Required Qualifications

- BS (MS preferred) in computer science or equivalent experience. - 3-5 years programming experience in a library environment. - Experience with federated search, preferably using Ex Libris Metalib software. - Experience with systems and data integration, working with disparate and often poorly documented APIs. - Experience in server-side programming: - Perl, PHP, and MySQL. - Strong familiarity with Unix and command line tools. - Extensive knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. - Knowledge of current web design, usability, and accessibility standards. - Demonstrated ability to work comfortably and effectively as part of a distributed development/implementation team in a culturally diverse work environment. - Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.

Desired Qualifications

- Familiarity with Ex Libris Aleph online catalog and Metalib federated search tool.

To Apply

Visit the University of Michigan's Careers at the U [ ] site and search for posting 24794. Please submit a cover letter and resume (as a single document). Review of applications will begin September 21, 2008.


For questions about the job, please contact Ken Varnum, Web Systems Manager, at


Published: Wednesday, September 3, 2008 17:11 UTC

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