NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES DEVELOPMENT LIBRARIAN
The NCSU Libraries has a well-earned reputation for creating adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight today’s students and researchers. The D. H. Hill Library combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons and Technology Sandbox. Soon we will open a magnificent new library that promises to be nothing less than the best learning and collaborative space in the country. Located on NC State’s Centennial Campus, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library will be an iconic space, a place where people gather to explore new ways to research, learn, experiment, collaborate, and affect the world. Designed as a working incubator for educational technology, the Hunt Library will serve as a second “main library,” complementing the D. H. Hill Library, with services focused on the Centennial Campus community. If you are a person who would like to provide a new generation of library users with everything they can imagine and more, consider applying for the following position.
The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Digital Technologies Development Librarian in the Digital Library Initiatives department. Digital Library Initiatives develops and delivers an information environment that significantly advances end-user resource discovery and use of library services. As a member of the Digital Services Development group, the Digital Technologies Development Librarian works as an active member of a team that advances digital library services through applied research and application development, and manages the entire life cycle of projects, from requirements gathering to deployment.
The Digital Technologies Development Librarian provides technical leadership and hands-on programming expertise for a portfolio of digital library projects. In close collaboration with technical and non-technical partners across the Libraries, she or he identifies emerging technologies that have potential for new and improved library services. Working both independently and in team settings, the incumbent develops functional prototypes of new digital library services through an iterative, data-informed, and test-driven process that emphasizes performance, sustainability, and usability. The Digital Technologies Development Librarian maintains and provides enhancements to existing digital library applications and collaborates closely with Information Technology staff to develop and maintain supporting infrastructure. The incumbent participates in library planning and serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams. NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Reports to the Lead, Digital Services Development
• ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree
• Server-side application development experience with one or more open source programming languages such as PHP, Python, or Ruby; as well as SQL
• Database development skills
• Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution
• Knowledge of user-centered design processes, including user studies and usage data analysis
• Experience in mobile application development and knowledge of mobile design principles
• Familiarity with version control systems such as Git or Subversion
• Experience working on or contributing to open-source software projects
• Experience working in an academic library
The Libraries, the University, and the Area
The NCSU Libraries and its staff have won numerous awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries’ Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and six Movers and Shakers awards. The library system currently consists of the D. H. Hill Library and branch libraries for design, natural resources, textiles, and veterinary medicine, with the James B. Hunt Jr. Library opening soon. With a staff of 260+ FTE, the Libraries has more than 4.4 million volumes in its collection, acquires more than 62,000 print and electronic serials, and has a total annual budget of over $25 million, with approximately $9.5 million allocated to collections. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents.
The NCSU Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University form the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), with combined resources exceeding 14 million volumes and collections budgets totaling more than $30 million.
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading universities in science and technology, with strong programs in the humanities and social sciences, NC State offers degrees through the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, Natural Resources, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Textiles, and Veterinary Medicine. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls more than 34,000 students and offers doctoral degrees in 61 fields of study. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents. NC State is a national leader in networking technologies and a charter member of the North Carolina Networking Initiative (NCNI), an Internet2 initiative with the most advanced operational networking system infrastructure in the nation.
Between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks lies North Carolina's Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. One of the nation's premier concentrations of academic, corporate, and public research, the area combines moderate year-round temperatures, rolling hills, championship college athletics, and a rich diversity of cultural events. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. Businessweek rated Raleigh as “the best American city” in 2011, recent rankings by Forbes name the Triangle as the number-one place for business and careers and as the number-two spot for young professionals.
Salary and Benefits
The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include: 24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. More benefits information is available at http://www7.acs.ncsu.edu/hr/benefits/
Application process and schedule
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable.
Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/ and search by position number 0001567. Complete application, and attach cover letter and résumé, with contact information for four current, professional references. For assistance with this process contact NCSU Libraries Personnel Services Office (919) 515-3522.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.