Digital Library Software Developer

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Digital Library Software Developer🔍University Libraries, Stanford, California, United States📁Information Technology Services📅Apr 28, 2021 Post Date📅89348 Requisition #All applications must include a cover letter and resume as part of their submission.

Stanford University Libraries is seeking a mid-level software engineer to join a dynamic and collaborative team supporting discovery, access, and delivery as part of its digital library, an internationally recognized technology program developing innovative solutions to advance teaching, learning and research at one of the world’s leading universities. We are a mission-driven organization that emphasizes open, collaborative work and community engagement within Stanford and with partner institutions around the world. As a part of Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS), this position will contribute to the development of interfaces, tools, and software to enable online discovery and access to the collections of Stanford and its partner institutions. You will also work on other areas across our team’s portfolio and on projects with external partners, working closely with software engineers, user experience designers, and service managers. You will also work with your colleagues to ensure that our applications and services meet accessibility guidelines and best practices. Developing, using and implementing open standards and open source software will be part of the work of the position. This position is part of the Access and Discovery Team within Digital Library Systems and Services, and is based on the main Stanford campus.

About Stanford Libraries:

Stanford Libraries is a network of over 15 libraries with over 400 employees committed to fueling teaching, learning and research across Stanford. Our dedication to discoverability and information management also has us engaged in dynamic global partnerships. The Stanford Libraries’ values are rooted in a commitment to mutual respect and the idea that every member of the staff has something to contribute, and that learning is constant. We seek a team member who is ready to share their skills and perspectives and collaborate with colleagues across the organization.

This position is part of the Access and Discovery Team within Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS), the technology division of Stanford Libraries. Including this position, the Access and Discovery Team comprises seven software engineers and user experience designers. We develop, maintain, and support a portfolio of services and applications that support patrons and users at and beyond Stanford University in finding and using materials for research, teaching, and learning. This includes our SearchWorks (our library catalog platform), the Stanford Libraries website, Spotlight at Stanford (our online exhibit platform), EarthWorks (our GIS data discovery platform), and other tools that deliver and present digital library content. The Access and Discovery Team values working as a self-directed and unified team, fostering community and collaboration, improving process incrementally through regular retrospectives, and fostering an environment with psychological safety, joy, and humor.

DLSS is a team of nearly 60 software developers, user experience designers, devops engineers, system administrators, service managers, and technologists. We develop and contribute to open source software and open standards communities like Mirador, the International Image Interoperability Framework, and Blacklight (including ArcLight, Spotlight, and GeoBlacklight). We also have helped host and facilitate events like the Lighting the Way Forum, Fantastic Futures, and the LDCX series of unconferences, and contribute to technical efforts on collaborative projects like Virtual Tribunals, the Digital Library of the Middle East, LD4P3, and more. DLSS works with our colleagues across the organization to world-class services and uphold the Stanford Libraries values. Find more about our recent work through looking at our recent demo videos on YouTube.


Reporting to the Assistant Director for Digital Strategy and Access, DLSS, the Digital Library Software Engineer will:

    Assess user needs and requirements for digital library access and delivery systems.
  • Participate in technical planning, development sprints, and work cycles, collaborating with other software engineers, user experience designers, and other colleagues to design, develop, and implement applications.
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and update existing programs and applications across the Access Team’s portfolio.
  • Serve as a technical resource with respect to the Access Team portfolio, including documenting changes in software for end users.
  • Understand and follow software development practices and processes, including security procedures.
  • Contribute in a positive way to team culture.

At the Software Developer 2 level, the position will additionally:

  • Participate in setting technical strategy on new and emerging programmatic areas.
  • Think broadly across the team’s portfolio about impacts on analysis and implementation.
  • Help set software development practices and processes and model positive team culture.
  • Serve as technical lead for small to medium projects, setting technical direction, breaking down work into components, and partnering with service managers, product owners, and other stakeholders.
* - Other duties may also be assigned

Education & Experience:

    Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
Other Relevant Experience May Include:

  • Experience with digital library, digital humanities projects, data analysis, or data transformation
  • Experience with visualization, search/browse, geographic information systems, or other discovery interfaces
  • Experience with image processing or streaming media
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    Expertise in designing, developing, testing, and deploying applications.
  • Demonstrated experience in digital library applications or related application domains strongly desired.
  • Proficiency with application design and data modeling.
  • Ability to define and solve logical problems for highly technical applications.
  • Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical clients.
  • Ability to facilitate activities on structured team development projects.
  • Ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of programming methods.
  • Strong knowledge of more than one programming language, including Ruby or JavaScript.
  • Understanding of IT security and expertise in proactively applying considerations to all aspects of position.
Physical Requirements:

    Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, writing by hand.
  • Rarely use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Working Conditions:

    May work extended hours, evening and weekends for both project-based work and/or regular, on call operational support.
Work Standards:

    Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, and course auditing. Join a TedTalk, watch a film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4822
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 89348




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Job No:
Posted: 5/2/2021
Application Due: 7/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time