Library Application Developer

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Created: July 9, 2013


Working Title:
Library Application Developer

Official Title:

Degree and area of specialization:
Bachelors Degree required; Computer Science or related field preferred.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Required: minimum 1 year experience in web and database programming; experience with the web technologies (HTML, CSS, and a commonly used server-side language such as Ruby, PHP, or Java); experience working in a Unix or Linux web server environment; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Several of the following are desired: strong understanding of a design pattern based code framework such as Ruby-on-Rails and ActiveRecord in Ruby or comparable frameworks in Java, and of the underlying principles of object-oriented design; experience with Linked Data, RDF, and triple stores; familiarity with search engines such as Apache Solr; familiarity with building and consuming RESTful web services; experience with HTML5, common Javascript frameworks such as jQuery, CSS3 and CSS preprocessors such as Sassy CSS and less.js, websockets, responsive web design; experience developing for mobile devices, particularly for the mobile web; experience with content management systems such as WordPress; familiarity with Behavior Driven Development and Test Driven Development techniques and supporting technologies; experience with application development across its life cycle; curiosity about the full expanse of the software and system stack.

Principal duties:
The consultant will be responsible for new or revised software development within the UW Madison General Library System including developing and deploying new and existing web applications and backend services, and assisting in the design of infrastructure for the Libraries' online services. S/He will participate in requirements gathering and application design teams and will contribute to architectural design discussions. S/He will serve on a team that is responsible for supporting and troubleshooting applications running in production.

In addition to working with library staff, SDG developers are expected to work closely with faculty, researchers, students, and the general public as an active participant on a variety of task forces and project teams. There will also be frequent interaction with the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) staff as well as Campus/College/Department technical staff, faculty, and vendors. The consultant will have opportunities to participate actively in library and campus-wide committees.

The consultant will be part of the SDG team under the general direction of the SDG Manager.
Additional Information
  UW-Madison General Library System (GLS) is accepting applications for the position of Information Processing Consultant.

GLS's Shared Development Group (SDG) builds and supports library applications used by the UW-Madison and University of Wisconsin System communities. The group comprises eight experienced developers who work closely with librarians and technical staff to build high impact, scalable web and backend processing applications that support resource discovery, digital collections, and the many processes used to acquire, catalog, preserve, and deliver print and electronic resources. We seek a developer who is committed to applying best software development practices using emerging web technologies to help the UW Libraries realize their mission online.

Appointment Type: Academic Staff
Term: This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent: 100%
Anticipated begin date: SEPTEMBER 01, 2013
Number of Positions: 1

Application must be received by: JULY 26, 2013

Please send resume, cover letter and contact information for three references.
Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #77006 to:
Patricia Erickson
Phone: 608-262-2768
728 State St
Fax: 608-265-2754
367 Memorial Library
Madison, WI 53706-1418
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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