Monthly Archives: February 2012

Library is recruiting for two IT positions

The Library has two Information Technology positions open.  See the details below.

Information Technology Technical Associate (Digital Library Applications Developer)

University of Illinois at Chicago, Library Systems with general supervision, support the Library’s goal to provide quality resources and expertise to students, faculty and staff by designing information, research and storage systems. Reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology.

Job Responsibilities

• Meets and negotiates with stakeholders (faculty, students, staff) to understand their needs and build information systems that improve access to Library resources.
• Designs, develops, tests, integrates, supports, and documents user-facing applications for stakeholders, such as repository databases, research and online teaching modules, electronic thesis and dissertation system, and the library catalog.
• Integrates Library information into other campus information systems.
• Maintains knowledge of emerging technologies to support the Library’s evolving virtual services.
• Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree (computer science, information science, or closely related field preferred).
• A minimum of 2 years experience in object-oriented development using Perl, Python, or Java and in developing applications that interact with MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Oracle databases using XHTML, CSS 2, JavaScript, and XML/XSLT.
• Experience with HTML 5/CSS3; Web application frameworks; Ajax or Javascript libraries such as jQuery.

Preferred Requirements

• Advanced degree in computer or information science, or ALA- accredited MLS is preferred.
• A minimum of 1 year experience designing and maintaining relational databases preferred.
• Experience designing and administering relational databases built in MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, or Oracle and maintaining systems to manage and transform data in multiple formats (MARC, EAD, DC, METS, MODS, etc.).

Salary

Minimum $45,000

How to Apply

This is a full-time civil service position. For fullest consideration, complete an online application through https://jobs.uic.edu and submit a cover letter detailing how your education and experience meet the required and preferred requirements, a full C.V. or resume, and contact information for three references to lib-hr@uic.edu by Friday, March 16, 2012. Please reference Job Code CB1051-GF and position title IT Technical Associate (Digital Library Applications Developer) in the subject line. If you have any questions, please contact Library Human Resources at 312-996-7353.

 

Information Technology Technical Associate (Senior Digital Library Applications Developer)

University of Illinois at Chicago, Library Systems with general supervision, support the Library’s goal to provide quality resources and expertise to students, faculty and staff by designing information, research and storage systems. Acts as project manager in designing or modifying information systems. Reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology.

Job Responsibilities

• Works with Assistant University Librarian for IT in prioritizing projects that will be completed.
• Meets and negotiates with stakeholders (faculty, students, staff) to understand their needs and build information systems that improve access to Library resources.
• Leads teams in the design of new systems and projects to modify existing systems.
• Designs, develops, tests, integrates, supports, and documents user-facing applications and back-end systems.
• Designs and develops complex databases for the storage of research data and reports.
• Integrates Library information into other campus information systems.
• Maintains knowledge of emerging technologies to support the Library’s evolving virtual services.
• Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree (computer science, information science, or closely related field preferred).
• A minimum of 4 years experience in object-oriented development using Perl, Python, or Java and in developing applications that interact with MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Oracle databases using XHTML, CSS 2, JavaScript, and XML/XSLT.
• A minimum of 2 years experience designing and administering relational databases built in MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, or Oracle and maintaining systems to manage and transform data in multiple formats.

Preferred Requirements

• Advanced degree in computer or information science, or ALA- accredited MLS is preferred.
• Experience working in the context of a software development methodology.
• Experience working with LAMP or variant environments.
• Experience with DSpace, Solr, and/or Fedora.
• Knowledge of information technology accessibility issues and techniques

Salary

Minimum salary $50,000
This is a full-time civil service position. For fullest consideration, complete an online application through https://jobs.uic.edu and submit a cover letter detailing how your education and experience meet the required and preferred requirements, a full C.V. or resume, and contact information for three references to lib-hr@uic.edu by Friday, March 16, 2012. Please reference Job Code CB1049-GF and position title IT Technical Associate (Senior Digital Library Applications Developer) in the subject line. If you have any questions, please contact Library Human Resources at 312-996-7353.

Beck wins scholarship to conference

Robin Beck, Senior Library Specialist at the Library of the Health Sciences-Urbana, has been awarded a scholarship to attend the 2012 On the Front Lines conference sponsored by the Illinois State Library.

The conference is designed to equip and enlighten “front line” staff with training and exposure to 2.0 technology tools and techniques that will enable them to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their patrons.

14 Years Later: Carol Scherrer Retires from LHS

Carol Scherrer is not afraid to talk about how she got it wrong. One of Carol’s most-cited articles discusses how an outreach program in the beginning days of her Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago career encountered continual problems. “There can be a habit to talk about how we ‘did it right’ so I thought it would be interesting to talk about how we ‘did it wrong,’” Carol said of the article.

In her 14 years at LHS, Carol has also done a lot of things right in her role as Information Service Librarian and Associate Professor. As she noted, a second outreach program was undertaken, where things ran smoother and worked better. In addition, Carol and her Information Services staff have changed the way librarians interact with professional students. “Things have taken 180 degree turn in the time I’ve been here,” said Carol.

As she describes, the reference librarians have moved from the consultation room, to the reference desk, to the colleges. “The library has shifted from ‘just in case’ to ‘just on time’ with digitization to ‘just for you’ with librarians visiting their respective colleges. We’ve worked to be where the people are” Carol noted regarding this shift in librarian-patron interaction.

Carol finds this shift in librarianship paired with witnessing the physical changes of LHS to be some of the most exciting and fun aspects of her 14-year career. “I’m comfortable with when I’m choosing to leave” she said, and noted that she leaves a staff which works well together and supports one another. Carol imagines staying in touch with the friends she made during her 14 years at LHS. “LHS has been one of the best places to work,” Carol said. With her departure, Carol hopes a new vision will come to LHS and continue to adapt to the changing trends of librarianship.

“It was harder to decide to retire than I thought it would be,” Carol, whose last day at LHS will be April 30th, said. “I don’t know what retirement will mean,” she noted, but knows she has many options available. Carol now possesses the time to visit her four daughters and eight grandchildren spread across the country, or to take a trip to Ethiopia with her husband, who works there annually. She plans to take a year to decide what retirement will hold for her.