Web Services Librarian

at Smith College Libraries (view profile)
Location Northampton, MA
Date Posted March 22, 2021
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
Apply Here https://smithcollege.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/smithcollege/job/Smith-College/Web-Services-Librarian_R-202100185
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $53,284
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $67,937
Hourly or Salary? Salary


Provide support for multiple Smith College Libraries-related software and web packages, 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, this role works within established IT standards and practices overseen by the Information Technology Services group, participates in institutional IT planning groups and initiatives, and contributes 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. Develop and implement procedures, workflows, and other necessary documentation.

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%)

In collaboration with Information Technology Services  (ITS), build and maintain connections from Smith College’s enterprise systems to library applications including the library service platform, FOLIO; archival management system, ArchiveSpace; digital repository, Islandora. Develop and implement APIs allowing the libraries’ discovery platform, and other services to communicate with each other. Working with the Five Colleges, provide enhancement suggestions and recommendations for improving the libraries-wide service platforms.

Internal Systems Support:  (35%)

Support the libraries-wide local infrastructure including maintaining critical components such as the libraries Open URL linking system, link management software, electronic resources management system, teaching and learning products including the Springshare suite, Interlibrary loan software, proxy server, and institutional repository. Support the libraries website, including bug fixes, package updates and future development. In conjunction with Information Technology Services, coordinate technology solutions.

Big Ideas/Innovative Projects (25%)

Develop, pilot, and implement creative ideas that have not been done in libraries. Build exciting solutions that help improve scholarship, discovery, and expand the boundaries of libraries. Discover, explore, monitor, and evaluate emerging technologies, applications, and web services. Be comfortable with risk-taking.

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 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. Familiarity with MARC 21, Dublin Core, METS, MODS. Experience using Apache Solr, Vagrant, Docker or containerized development/deployment strategies. Project management skills. Experience providing technology teaching, training and/or consultation.


Demonstrated ability in programming in at least one of the following languages/frameworks: Node/React/GraphQ, PHP, Java.  Knowledge of web development technologies and languages, including HTML and CSS.  Experience with user interface and user experience design.  Demonstrated experience in version control systems.  Knowledge of searching/indexing technology.  Knowledge of API’s and how to create and implement them. Working knowledge of Drupal.

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.

Anticipated hiring range is $53,284 - $67,937  with the actual offer based on finalist’s experience, among other factors.

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.