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Digital Library Applications Administrator

Smith College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Mar 9, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Technology Administration/Other
Employment Type
Full Time
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Libraries Job Description

Job Summary

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.

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, 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)

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 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.

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

Compensation Grade:

Grade I

Position Type:


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.

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