Preservation Applications Programmer - Cornell University Library
Cornell University Library
February 9, 2018
Ithaca, New York
Full Time - Experienced
Technical (Programmer, Developer, Analyst)
The Systems group in the Cornell University Library is looking for a Preservation Applications Programmer to support key new initiatives in digital preservation and archiving.
At Cornell, Library IT has a broad portfolio of projects, from supporting mission-critical library applications, to supporting outreach projects like teeal.org, to supporting research and scholarship through projects like arXiv.org. As part of the OLE partnership, we are collaboratively developing FOLIO, a next-generation open source Library Services Platform. The Systems group develops, maintains, and supports the technical underpinnings for all that, and works with developers, librarians, and support staff to keep it all humming.
One of the key challenges for modern research libraries is the management and preservation of digital content. This includes materials that are “born digital” as well as materials that have been digitized to protect the content as the physical items degrade over time. We need someone to help us implement the tools that will help us do that.
Are you the person to get us there? If so, you are an experienced programmer, comfortable with python and/or ruby. You’re comfortable pulling an open-source project out of Github, installing it in a linux command-line environment, and getting it up and running (even when the developer’s documentation is incomplete). You can talk with the non-technical folks who would use the system, understand their workflows, and map that to the application. When needed, you can dig in and modify and/or enhance the application to meet our needs.
This is an operational role, focused more on implementation and integration than on raw development. You may have to occasionally work off-hours for system maintenance on on-call support. You won’t (often) spend days at a time heads-down coding, but you will interact with your users directly and you’ll be able to see how your work directly impacts the preservation and dissemination of knowledge in a dynamic library environment.
We would love to also get any of these: - Working familiarity with multiple programming languages - Linux systems administration and/or configuration management experience - Aptitude and eagerness to understand the principles of digital preservation and archival descriptive practices - Desire to integrate efforts into a team-based environment to develop digital preservation workflow and policy - Experience deploying applications in the cloud
This is a benefits-eligible, two-year term appointment.
Unfortunately, visa sponsorship or relocation assistance is not available for this position.
Background: Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Its inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff imparts an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contributes creative ideas to further the University's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. In addition to the main campus in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's expansive global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus being built on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the "foodiest" towns in America.