Libraries Job Description
Provide 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. Build connections to internal
and external applications, and use 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, work within established IT standards and practices
overseen by the Information Technology Services group, participate
in institutional IT planning groups and initiatives, and contribute
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.
Major Application Development and Support:
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
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
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, College, and Five
Other duties as assigned.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's
efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work
Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education,
experience, certifications, licenses)
Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program with formal training
in archival theory preferred; 3 years programming experience; or an
equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience working with individuals from diverse
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
Fluent in more than one programming language, such as PHP, Python,
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
Anticipated hiring range is $53,284 - $67,937 with the actual offer
based on finalist’s experience, among other factors.
Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in
order for your application to be considered for this position .
You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file
or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have
provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application.
You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have
hit the Submit button.
Review of applications will begin
April 5, 2021
About Smith College
Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest
women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in
teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of
outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as
advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The
College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst,
Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty
cross-teach across the Five Colleges.
Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer
and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color,
religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender
identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and
employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its
programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and
regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.