Job: Digital Library Application Programmer

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Digital Library Application Programmer

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Minimum annual salary at $57,396.50; Actual rate will reflect experience and credentials

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Position DOES NOT require a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.



As a member of the Library Technology Services Department, Digital Development Unit, the Digital Library Application Programmer performs duties related to the creation and support of software applications for the UF Digital Collections and develops applications and services with an emphasis on the digital library system for patrons and internal needs. Under general direction of the unit head, works to design, develop, test, and deploy digital library applications including software to assist in internal digital workflow and operations. The Digital Library Application Programmer gathers requirements, develops applications, and provides support for digital services and applications.

To support all students, staff and faculty, and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the Libraries are actively seeking candidates who bring culturally-rich lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, and perspectives.

The Digital Development Unit is an agile development group that supports internationally recognized digital libraries of critical importance for research, preservation, and culture, including the Florida Digital Newspaper Library, the Digital Library of the Caribbean, and over 300 other outstanding digital collections that comprise the UF Digital Collections (UFDC), containing over 15 million pages.

The Library Technology Services (LTS) Department is a service oriented group that maintains, researches, develops, optimizes and supports information systems and technology for the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The department is a service hub providing an array of services and support, including technical expertise for evaluating external service providers, application development, project management, risk management, and administration supporting collaboration to optimally deliver on program and project needs.



Work with other members of the Digital Development Team to design, implement and maintain web and database systems which effectively deliver digital resources, track resource usage during digitization, and facilitate the compilation of analytical data in support of the Digital Support Services department. The underlying programming, scripting, query, and markup languages involved may include, but are not limited to React or Angular, Python/Django,  JavaScript, PostgreSQL, C#, HTML5 and CSS, with initial emphasis on React or Angular serving backend APIs.  Coding projects should be accurate, effective, efficient, secure, completed by designated timelines and be sufficiently documented so that a fellow team-member familiar with the specific programming language can determine program flow and make modifications based upon the associated documentation.  Code to be used in a production environment is subject to the approval of the digital development team lead and of the appropriate governing IT Security entity.  

Work with other members of the Digital Development Team to design, implement and maintain all digital production services components, and act in capacity of primary or backup person to execute some monthly reports. These duties may include but are not limited to log review and performance optimization.  

Under the direction of the lead developer and unit manager, develop, monitor and provide training on the use of production tools and quality control procedures to be used in the Digital Support Services’ department data workflow.

Liaise between the identified stakeholders within the Libraries and other UF and UFDC partner entities, with support from the lead developer and unit manager for communication and facilitation.  In coordination with affected stakeholders, develop delivery interfaces based on accepted standards and best practices.

Assist in providing programming and software analysis activities to units within the Libraries for projects outside of the UF Digital Collections and digital library operations as directed by the unit supervisor and department chair.

Expand knowledge base in the area of information technology, digitization, front-end and REST-based interfaces, systems, etc. related to web server development of digital resources for library and archives. Train through independent research, teacher-led or online training and by participation in professional meetings and discussion groups. Support UF’s representation in the digital library communities.

Other Duties

Perform other incidental duties necessary to accomplish the essential functions listed above.  Represent the Library Technology Services Department in internal and external committees, teams and similar work-groups.



  • A bachelor’s degree and one year of appropriate experience. Appropriate college coursework may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.



  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills        
  • Ability to work on a team of library staff, and other subject experts and facilitate collaboration
  • Experience providing support for digital libraries and/or digital projects
  • Extensive development experience
  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving and prioritization skills in the midst of multiple tasks while retaining attentiveness to detail
  • Ability to be innovative and forward thinking when designing and seeking solutions to complex requests
  • Demonstrated experience with:
  • o   Web front-end development and front end libraries.
  • o   Object-oriented programming languages. 
  • o   SQL or other database query equivalent and knowledge of relational database models
  • o   XML and XML schemas
  • o   HTML and CSS
  • o   Web scripting languages, in particular JavaScript
  • o   User-Interface Design
  • o   Eliciting programming requirements from users
  • o   Preparing documentation
  • Experience with Microsoft Windows systems and familiarity with Windows server operating systems
  • Experience working with existing libraries, such as jQuery, to enhance the web user’s experience
  • Experience with Git source code management.
  • Experience with Python.
  • Experience with Apache or other web servers
  • Experience with developing and delivering training
  • Commitment to contributing to a respectful and caring community for all, including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender, sexual orientation, and perspectives



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Additional information
Library Type:
  • Academic Libraries

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Job Location

Physical address where the job position is located.

Job Place:
Smathers Libraries

Job Location:
Central Florida

1545 W University Avenue




Institution Information
Institution Name :
University of Florida, George A Smathers Libraries

1545 W University Avenue

Address 2:
1545 W University Avenue




Contact Information / How to apply
Contact Name:
Joseph Piazza

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How to apply

To apply, submit

  • a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position
  • your current resume or CV
  • a list of three references including their contact information (telephone number and email address)




Apply by June 14, 2021. Applications are reviewed as received.  Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition 516586. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Tina Marie Litchfield, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

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