Digital Library Developer, UC Santa Barbara

By September 1, 2021

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Under the direction of the Director for Digital Library Development, and operating in a large, complex, and heterogeneous computing environment, the Digital Library Developer serves as a developer of digital library systems within a collaborative, cross-functional agile development team led by the Associate Director for Digital Library Engineering. Applies skills as a seasoned, experienced software professional with a full understanding of industry practices, community standards, and relevant policies and procedures to medium-sized software and web application projects or portions of large projects with moderate scope and complexity for the UC Santa Barbara Library. Resolves a wide range of issues. Demonstrates competency in selecting tools, methods and techniques to obtain results.

The UC Santa Barbara Library’s Digital Library Development (DLD) department is responsible for developing digital platforms, tools, and content to support teaching, research, and outreach. The DLD engineering team works collaboratively to develop and deploy software and web applications supporting this mission. We use Agile- and DevOps-aware methodologies and technologies including Ruby/Rails, Docker, and Kubernetes. Our work frequently involves collaboration with other UC campuses and open source partners, and much of our code is hosted in public (GitLab) repositories.

Job Responsibilities

  • Plans, designs, develops, modifies, debugs, deploys and evaluates complex software for functional areas. Analyzes existing software or works to formulate logic for new complex systems and devises complex algorithms. Performs complex data analysis and tests / debugs complex software. Analyzes the design and use of complex data sources. Applies moderately complex programming security practices.
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of the Library’s digital library software and web applications, including those developed collaboratively as part of Project Surfliner. These products primarily utilize Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Samvera and Blacklight frameworks, SQL, RDF, JavaScript, and related libraries and frameworks. Secondary technologies include PHP, Drupal, and XML/XSLT.
  • Negotiates, develops, and executes moderately complex test plans. Develops conversion and system implementation plans. Trains users in conversion and implementation of systems. Performs complex data modeling, performance, and integration testing and builds interfaces for a variety of internal and external constituents. Monitors and employs source code control techniques and configuration management.
  • Participates in development sprint and work cycle planning in close coordination with product owners, teammates, and additional stakeholders as needed. Uses GitLab and JIRA ticket software to track and document work.
  • Works collaboratively with library, campus and UC system-wide, and external peers to develop and deploy digital library solutions.
  • Gathers, analyzes, prepares and summarizes recommendations for approval of system and programming documentation. Recommends and implements changes in development, maintenance and system standards. Negotiates with stakeholders on the creation of software specifications. Ensures project reports are made.
  • Understands and applies industry practices, community standards, and department policies and procedures relating to work assignments. Interacts with senior-level internal personnel. May serve as technical lead for a software development project of moderate scope. Trains users in conversion and implementation of systems. Negotiates project plans with stakeholders.
  • Participates in peer code reviews and occasional pair programming.
  • Takes part in departmental planning meetings.
  • Contributes to library and campus committees, as appropriate.
  • Participates in open-source collaborations, including Project Surfliner and the Samvera and Blacklight communities, on behalf of UC Santa Barbara.
  • Attends training, workshops, and conferences.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications


  • ​​​​​​Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in the field of computer science, library or information science, or software engineering;
  • 3 years of professional experience developing software and managing it in production
  • Intermediate knowledge of secure software development
  • Advanced skills associated with software design, modification, implementation and deployment, including object-oriented programming concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to understand functional needs and how systems can support those needs
  • Demonstrated ability to develop conversion and system implementation plans
  • Thorough experience with identification and use of code libraries and open-source forums
  • Experience with planning for deployment and creation of feedback mechanisms
  • Demonstrated software repository skills
  • Demonstrated testing and test planning skills
  • Thorough experience with common programming tools
  • Demonstrated ability to follow software specifications
  • Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization;
  • Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team
  • Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated broad problem-solving skills


  • Experience working in a library or higher education environment
  • Experience developing library software, digital repositories, digital asset management, or other information management systems
  • Experience developing and deploying a Rails application in production environments
  • Demonstrated ability to interface with management on a regular basis
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute technical narrative to grant proposals

For full consideration, please include a resume and a cover letter as part of your application.

An optional but encouraged statement of contributions to diversity will be considered. Statements of contribution to diversity, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

For primary consideration, apply by 09/30/2021, thereafter open until filled. Apply online at Job #23141

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