Cornell University Library (CUL), an innovative top 10 research library, advances the university's mission of teaching, learning, research, and outreach. The primary audiences are Cornell students, faculty, administrators, and broad external audiences with a special emphasis on Cornell alumni. Expanding their understanding of the fast-changing and multi-faceted 21st-century research library is a major part of the mission.
Cornell University Library Information Technologies (CUL-IT) seeks an enthusiastic Ruby developer to design and implement tools and services for next-generation library catalog systems. These systems will provide empowering interfaces to end-users and to library staff, and be built using linked open data and web standards as part of the distributed web. The successful candidate will work in a small local team that is part of the Linked Data for Production (LD4P2) collaboration with Stanford, Harvard, Iowa and the Library of Congress. They will regularly interact with project partners at other institutions, and with the Wikidata community. They will develop tools for the reconciliation of library data across libraries and with other sources such as Wikidata, and improve discovery for library users by enhancing the open-source Blacklight discovery platform.
This is a two-year appointment with possible extension dependent upon funding.
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related discipline
Three or more years of professional experience
Experience developing substantial applications in Ruby or Ruby on Rails in a Linux/Unix environment
Demonstrated commitment to effective agile software development practices including test driven development
Demonstrated ability to contribute to complex software development in a team environment using tools such as Git and Jira
Ability to work on a variety of systems using different technologies and to learn new skills as required
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Proven ability to work productively in a supportive role with colleagues and in a team environment, yet also self-motivated and possessing good independent decision-making abilities
Experience in software development for libraries
Experience with RDF and linked data systems
An interest in user experience (UX) and good web design
Experience with open-source components such as Solr, and platforms such as Blacklight and Samvera
Experience with AWS services or similar infrastructures
Experience working on open-source projects
No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
Essential Physical Requirements: Typically lifts less than 10 lbs
Visual: Normal concentration
Hazards: Limited exposure
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