The Temple University Libraries are seeking a creative and energetic individual to fill the position of Digital Library Applications Developer. This position is an opportunity to engage with the active Hydra/Fedora community and other Open Source communities. Temple’s federated library system serves an urban research university with over 1,800 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and

Looking after a library is an important job, especially if the library is a huge one catering to a very large number of people. With digital libraries growing in number, a good librarian should be aware of the technological advances and how best to integrate them and use the resource material well. The job a libraraian is not as simple as it may seem at first.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Senior Digital Library Applications Developer and working closely with others in the Digital Library Initiatives Department, the DLAD helps develop and maintain the technological infrastructure for Temple University’s digital library initiatives and services, which includes preserving and delivering large collections of digital objects with the Hydra repository framework, and supporting digital scholarship (including digital humanities), and scholarly communication initiatives throughout the Library. As part of the development team, the DLAD architects, implements, tests and deploys new tools and services primarily based on open source project software, such as Hydra, Fedora Commons, Omeka, VIVO, Scalar, and Open Journal Systems (OJS), potentially contributing code to those projects. The DLAD advances professional skills through engagement with the active Open Source community via training and participation at national and regional conferences/meet-ups. Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:


Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, and at least one year of experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


Required Skills and Abilities:


* Demonstrated experience with application development in at least one major programming language such as Ruby on Rails, PHP, or Java.

* Demonstrated experience with MySQL or other database management systems.

* Demonstrated knowledge of the LAMP stack or similar technology stacks.

* Demonstrated ability to perform effective code testing and QA testing.

* Experience with project requirements gathering.

* Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment, and to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.

* Commitment to responsive and innovative service.

* Demonstrated ability to write clear documentation.


Preferred Skills and Abilities:


* Experience with a repository system such as Hydra.

* Familiarity with a Content Management System like Drupal or an exhibit curation system like Omeka would be a plus.

* Experience working with Open Source software, including multi-platform integration.

* Experience with version control, test-driven development, and continuous integration techniques.

* Experience with Linux/Unix operating systems, including scripting.

* Experience working with authentication and authorization protocols, including LDAP.

* Knowledge of XML/XSLT.

* Familiarity with digital library standards, such as Dublin Core, MARC, METS, EAD, and OAI-PMH.




Competitive salary and benefits package.


To apply:


To apply for this position, please visit, click on “Non-Employees Only,” and search for job number TU-18555. For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.


Job Opportunity: The Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation is recruiting for the newly created position of Library Applications Developer. The Library Applications Developer will work collaboratively with CHF’s new digital library team and consultants to lead the development of the digital infrastructure that will manage, preserve and provide access to CHF’s diverse digital assets (images, audio, visual files, texts and 3D objects.) The Library Applications Developer will oversee all technical aspects related to the installation, customization, and maintenance of Hydra, an open source digital repository system comprised of a Fedora Commons, Solr, Blacklight and Ruby on Rails technology stack. Additionally, this position will be responsible for maintaining, documenting and troubleshooting code for customizing other open source library software and applications, including ArchivesSpace.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor degree in Computer/Information Science or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience.


  • Demonstrated strong proficiency in a major language such as PHP, Ruby or Python.


  • Previous experience working with Apache, Solr, MySQL, Ruby on Rails and RESTful web APIs.


  • Must have experience running Linux in a production environment.


  • Demonstrated experience working with software stack architecture, such as OpenStack or LAMP.


  • Familiarity with a variety of data exchange formats, XML, RDF and/or JSON.


  • Experience with JavaScript framework such as JQuery and standards compliant HTML5 and CSS3.


  • Strong communications skills, including ability to speak on the topic with non-technical individuals.


  • Previous experience working in library, museum or cultural institution, preferably with digital repository or asset management software, is a plus.


To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations and resume/CV to


Job Opportunity: Archivist/Digital Data Specialist, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Archivist/Digital Data Specialist, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania




Work with ASC Librarian and ASC IT staff to manage the School’s digital archives. Archivist will report to the Librarian, consult with IT director and staff, and other archivists at the University to develop and implement a comprehensive archival program for the School’s archives, evaluating new and existing collections and integrating them into the resource environment.




The work addresses, but is not limited to: arrangement, description, presentation, access and security of paper, photographs, video and other record formats including born-digital items. Work requires application of appropriate archival best practices and national standards. The archivist will follow new and emerging preservation and exhibit technologies and analyze their potential application to the current digital data management scheme. This position is a two-year temporary appointment.




Master’s degree in information science or equivalent degree with formal training in archival theory and practice. Archival education and training may be substituted for a library/information science degree.

Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials.

Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library management systems, specifically Omeka.

Strong working knowledge of EAD, HTML, XML (including experience writing and maintaining XSL style sheets), DACS; familiarity with MARC, AACR2, RDA, LCSH and LC cataloging standards.

Demonstrated job or school experience with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival storage.

Working knowledge of digital humanities practices and trends.

Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Experience working collaboratively and independently within a complex organization.

Ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities, with attention to detail and follow-through.

Knowledge of the social sciences as demonstrated through academic course work preferred.

All applicants to University of Pennsylvania staff positions must apply online through the Jobs@Penn website.


The University of Pennsylvania prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.


Job Opportunity: Special Projects Internship, Temple University Library

Digital Library Initiatives, Special Projects Internship


Paley Library, University Libraries, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


This internship offers pre-professional experience in selecting and preserving websites as part of a digital preservation initiative.


Duties:  Focusing on Temple University websites and other sites that form part of the Urban Archives collection, and working up to 20 hours a week, the intern will harvest websites for long-term preservation using Archive-It.  He or she will learn to think strategically while implementing scope and content limits for large, complex websites containing custom scripts or multimedia content. The intern will also review captured websites for quality assurance and describe those sites with metadata.  In addition, the intern may participate in other projects involving digitization, metadata management, digital preservation and digital object dissemination.


Requirements: Current enrollment in an ALA accredited library or information science graduate program.  Interest in digital libraries, digital curation and/or archives.  Ability to demonstrate initiative, work collaboratively and collegially. Effective interpersonal communication skills and an attention to detail.


Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and basic website editing. Basic familiarity with regular expressions would be a plus.


Hours and Pay:  Position available September 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015, $15/hour; the incumbent will be scheduled to work between 10 and 20 hours per week, based on availability and funding,  weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.


To apply, e-mail your resume, list of LIS courses taken, and cover letter to:


Richie Holland, Manager of Library Human Resources and Facilities.


Job Opportunity: Director of the Library and Archives, PMA




Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives


The Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives provides strategic leadership and direction for the planning, acquisition, management, and preservation of information resources that are essential for the Museum’s research and educational programs. In addition to the traditional role it plays within the Museum, the Library and Archives manages the rights, licensing and delivery of images of works of art in the collection and is responsible for the implementation of an institution-wide digital asset management system. The Director of the Library and Archives must possess a broad understanding of the ongoing development and utilization of library collections, including archival, print, image and digital materials, with special attention to the impact of new technologies on the acquisition and distribution of information.


The Director of the Library and Archives is responsible for implementing the strategic vision for the Library and Archives as a hub for the acquisition, management, and distribution of a broad range of digital information resources both within the Museum and to various external constituencies. In alignment with the major goals of the Museum’s strategic plan, which emphasis increasing access to its resources via new technologies, the Library and Archives will gradually evolve into an “Information Commons” serving not only as a means for managing and disseminating information about our world-renowned art collection, but also increasing public access to the collection and related archival and bibliographic resources.


Qualified candidates will possess a graduate-level degree, such as a MLIS in a field that is relevant to the operation of libraries and archives plus seven to ten years of professional experience, ideally in an academic, research, or museum library. A strong understanding of evolving issues and trends in libraries and museums paired with current knowledge of emerging digital technologies and their application to the management of bibliographic resources and museum collections is required. A broad familiarity with copyright law and licensing and rights issues is necessary. We are seeking applicants who maintain an active and ongoing involvement with professional organizations in the field; have proven managerial skills and the ability to work effectively with a broad range of external constituencies; and have experience or potential for success in development and fundraising. This position requires flexibility and versatility to work in a changing environment.


Applications will be accepted through October 30, 2014. To apply, please visit the job opportunities section of the Museum’s website at:


Job Opportunity: Digital History Project Associate

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has posted the following notice for a Digital History Project Associate:


Position Title:     NHPRC HINT Project Associate


Division:               Programs and Services


Reports to:         Director of Publications and Scholarly Programs


FLSA Status:       Part Time, Exempt


Salary and Hours: $18/hour (with benefits), 21 hours/week, one-year position


Application Deadline: August 24, 2014

Position Summary:


The Historic Images, New Technologies (HINT) Project Associate shares responsibility for developing a digital historical documentary editing project utilizing political cartoons. This interpretive project includes annotation of facsimile images using TEI markup of about 500 HSP pre-1923 political cartoons. The project associate will research the content of the cartoons, and places them in historical context, marks up and annotate the cartoons, and create other project content. This is a one-year position, September 2014-September 2015.


Primary Responsibilities:


Conceptualize and plan digital history project based on political cartoons

Work with Digital Services staff on digitization and basic metadata of political cartoons

Annotate and XML (TEI) encode political cartoons

Develop annotation plan, including plan for interpretive encoding, footnote annotation, and contextual essays or other exhibit content

Research and write annotation and contextual essays, as appropriate

Work with Sr. Dir. of Programs and Services on educator feedback and evaluation and developing pedagogical supports

Work with Whirli-i-gig staff, as appropriate, to inform and test development of image annotation tool and TEI import function for CollectiveAccess

Work with Drupal web developer and designer to develop user-friendly, engaging public interface on HSP’s website

Promote project to relevant audiences through blog posts and other means

Assist in creation of journal articles to evaluate and disseminate the project

Job Requirements and Qualifications:

This position requires a master’s degree in American history or related field. MLIS a plus. The successful candidate will have strong research and writing skills as well as strong computer skills. Significant experience in scholarly editing also desired, in particular XML-TEI markup. Experience with CollectiveAccess and Drupal, as well as basic knowledge of RDF preferred. This position requires an individual who pays close attention to detail, is highly organized, and self-motivated. He/she must be able to work both independently and as part of a team.


Working Conditions:


Center City Philadelphia. General Office working environment

Position Details:


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees working at least 21 hours per week, including health/dental/vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, and a retirement plan managed though TIAA-CREF. We are unable to pay travel or relocation expenses. HSP is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications should include the following:


A cover letter outlining why you believe you would be a good candidate for this position

Current resume, including recent employment and education history

Applications should be e-mailed to:


Tamara Gaskell


Director of Publications and Scholarly Programs


Historical Society of Pennsylvania


e-mail: tgas…


Job Opportunity: Curator of Digital Collections, CHF

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is actively recruiting for the newly created position of Curator of Digital Collections. Founded in 1982, CHF is a collections-based nonprofit organization that preserves the history and heritage of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences and technologies. The collections of rare books, archives, images, fine art, museum artifacts, oral histories, and more are used to create a body of original scholarship that illuminates how we have come to understand the nature of our material world and our interactions with matter and materials. In bridging science with the humanities, arts, and social sciences, CHF is committed to building a vibrant, international community of scholars; creating a rich source of traditional and emerging media; expanding the reach of our museum; and engaging the broader society through inventive public events.


As part of CHF’s strategic plan to build and sustain a digital collection, we seek a dynamic individual to serve as the newly created Curator of Digital Collections. This important position in CHF’s Othmer Library will be responsible for the implementation and stewardship of CHF’s organizationwide digitization efforts, to work with CHF staff to expand the digital outreach of the institution’s collections, and to develop an infrastructure that will establish CHF’s reputation as a center for digitization and digital humanities.


The successful candidate will have an advanced degree and a record of accomplishment in managing digital collections. He/she must have experience in management and supervision, and familiarity with application development and other emerging technologies related to digital asset management, access, and preservation. He/she should also ideally demonstrate a record of success in collaboration with people from a variety of disciplines and professions.


The Curator of Digital Collections will report to the Director of CHF’s Othmer Library and, in coordination with the Director and other CHF staff, be responsible for a strategy for developing CHF’s digital collections. As he/she will lead the implementation of a new digital asset management and preservation system, we hope to attract an individual with the vision to understand the strategic importance of a rich digital collection for a cultural heritage institution and who will be given the wonderful opportunity of shaping the future of digital initiatives at CHF.