Digital Technologies Development Librarian

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Vacancy TypeNon-Tenure-Track FacultyIs Internal Transfer OnlyNoWorking TitleDigital Technologies Development LibrarianSalary RangeAnticipated Hiring RangeCompetitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experiencePosition Number00007957Work ScheduleM-F, exempt positionFull Time Equivalent (FTE)1.00Department250101 - NCSU LibrariesDepartmentNCSU LibrariesJob City & StateRaleigh, NCPrimary Function of Organizational Unit

The NC State University Libraries serves as the gateway to recorded knowledge and information for the NC State community and its partners, offering a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining the best faculty and students to the university. For more information about the Libraries, please see

The Digital Library Initiatives department applies systems analysis, design, and service and software development skills to the creation of a broad range of new library products and services. Digital Library Initiatives has produced a number of unique and widely used systems to improve service to library users, including the Suma space assessment toolkit, the QuickSearch bento-box style single search system, and the Circa request management system for archives. The department is currently developing new initiatives in areas including the discovery of library services and resources, assessment and analytics, machine learning, research data management, research infrastructure support, digital collections, application virtualization, and scientific computing. Digital Library Initiatives maintains a culture of collaboration, with a focus on supporting everyone’s professional growth, providing opportunities for mentorship, and welcoming diverse perspectives.

Essential Job Duties

The Digital Technologies Development Librarian works as an active participant in a team that advances library services through applied research and application development and manages the entire life cycle of projects, from requirements gathering to deployment. They provide technical leadership and hands-on programming expertise for a portfolio of library projects. In close collaboration with technical and non-technical partners across the Libraries, they identify emerging technologies that have potential for new and improved library services. Working both independently and in team settings, the incumbent develops new digital library services through an iterative, data-informed, and test-driven process that emphasizes usability, sustainability, and performance. The Digital Technologies Development Librarian maintains and provides enhancements to existing library applications and collaborates closely with Information Technology staff to develop and maintain supporting infrastructure. They participate in library planning, and serve on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams. NC State librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. This position reports to the Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education/Experience

ALA-accredited MLS or MIS, or other relevant advanced degree

Departmental Required Skills

-Demonstrated potential to develop expertise in current and emerging digital technologies
-Server-side application development experience with one or more open source programming languages such as PHP, Python, or Ruby
-Experience developing database-backed applications
-Outstanding written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills
-Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues
-Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

-ALA-accredited MLS or MIS
-Experience using client-side web technologies including HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, and related technologies
-Familiarity with version control systems such as Git
-Experience indexing and querying search platforms like Solr or ElasticSearch
-Knowledge of user-centered design processes, including applying analytics to support data-informed decision-making
-Experience applying systems analysis techniques to solving novel problems
-Enthusiasm for contributing to open-source software projects
-Experience working in an academic library

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions

In addition to your application, please attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for four current professional references.

Job Open Date03/18/2019Anticipated Closing DateOpen Until FilledIs this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire DateAA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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Supplemental Question

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  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
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    • Professional Organization
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
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  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
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    Posted: 10/17/2019
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