Job: IT Expert, Digital Development Unit, UF

This is a fabulous new position in the University of Florida Libraries. The job will entail primarily web work, but also working on the UF Digital Collections and other digital development. The position entails great colleagues, meaningful work, and technical work where things get implemented and used (so you can really see the benefits and impact of your work).
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POSITION: Information Technology Expert – (Digital Development unit member, developer)
REPORTS TO: Information Technology Senior
SALARY: Anticipated salary is $55,442.79 annually
Requisition #: 0810081
DEADLINE DATE: January 9, 2012
The Information Technology department serves as the focal point for planning, managing and coordinating computer based information resources that support library operations. The networked environment that exists in the Libraries is switched ethernet. The Libraries’ Information Technology department manages approximately 24 servers that support 800 workstations used by 250 staff and over 3 million annual patrons and dozens of printers spread over nine different buildings.
As a member of the Digital Development unit, this position oversees the Libraries Web site and coordinates with all facets of the Libraries to develop an integrated web content management system that includes web access to the libraries electronic resources. Implements library and UF web standards by providing instruction and tools to support library site organization, layout, content and interactive search tools. The IT Expert (Digital Development unit member, developer) provides training and technical guidance to library staff.

  • Develops web applications, implementation and maintenance of Library’ web presence
  • Reviews content management and open systems to determine what system is most flexible for the Libraries’ web site with an appreciation for the development cycles and protocols inherent in open source communities;
  • Leads or co-chairs a committee or taskforce to redesign and revise library web presence;
  • Performs analysis and programming to develop, document, and maintain web-based applications as needed by the various library units as appropriate;
  • Improves the visual design of websites by working closely with the general Library staff;
  • Develops applications and layouts which improve the users’ web experience;
  • Conducts usability testing;
  • Creates user surveys and collates relevant feedback concerning the web experience;
  • Communicates, shares, and instructs others in web site development/design;
  • Maintains existing web pages and applications;
  • Creates systems which deliver digital resources to the public, improves the public’s ability to locate and use library resources, improves staff productivity, and facilitates the compilation of analytical data.

Develops other web and windows applications as necessary for special projects

  • Works with other departments within the library to provide support as needed;
  • Provides backup support for digitization and digitized materials (including the institutional repository);
  • Assists with testing and deployment of special applications
  • Coordinates Aleph (Library Catalog) technical issues
  • Manages uploads/downloads/upgrades and technical changes in the Aleph catalog, room reservation, system modifications etc.
  • Coordinates technical duties of assigned staff who manage circulation, acquisitions, Mango (Aleph) reports, electronic resources, permissions, uborrow, self-check, print daemons etc.

Provides training, instruction and tools for maintaining library websites

  • Instructs staff about various desktop and web-based software packages (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, Illustrator, Flash, Acrobat, Adobe Bridge, Front Row, Picasa, Google Analytics, Google Calendar, Camtasia, Morae);
  • Develops and maintains web related training materials and documentation.

Increases personal knowledge of the field through professional development activities

  • Conducts reading and research in information technology, library automation, and other technical issues as appropriate to the job;
  • Takes online or other courses;
  • Monitors professional discussion lists and participates in professional meetings related to programming, database, or internet topics.

Other duties as assigned
High school diploma and four years of any combination of relevant experience, education and/or certification. The level of expertise and skill required to qualify for a position in this classification is generally attained through combinations of education and experience in the field. While such employees commonly have a bachelor’s or higher degree, no particular academic degree is required.

  • Extensive development experienceâ??particularly with academic and/or library entities;
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated experience in the preparation of documentation;
  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving and prioritization skills in the midst of multiple tasks while retaining attentiveness to detail;
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science or Graphic/Web Design;
  • Demonstrated experience with HTML and CSS;
  • Experience with web scripting languages, in particular javascript;
  • Experience working with existing libraries, such as jQuery, to enhance the web user’s experience;
  • Experience with multiple programming languages. Preference given to experience with C# and Java;
  • Experience with Microsoft Visual Studio (.NET coding environment);
  • Knowledge of relational database models and SQL or other database query equivalent.
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Fireworks, In-Design;
  • Experience with web-page development software (Contribute, Dreamweaver, etc);
  • Demonstrated knowledge of User-Interface Design: layout overall UI display, utilizing UI elements (icons, buttons, toggles, sliders, etc.);
  • Experience with Microsoft Windows systems and familiarity with Windows server operating systems;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft SQL Server and/or Internet Information Server.

The University of Florida
The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at
The George A. Smathers Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Research Libraries Group, and LYRASIS. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. The George A. Smathers Libraries organizational chart is available at: For more information about the Libraries, please visit
Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 240,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2007, Gainesville was ranked as the “Best Place to Live and Work” by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated and as one of the “Best Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville’s accolades are listed at the following link: area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two hour drive.
Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at
Application Process:
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida’s Faculty Development Office to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.
If you are interested in these positions please apply online at referring to requisition number 0810081.
For further details about this position please contact Tina L. Pruitt at (352)273-2595.