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        Date: 2019-03-27 20:26:38+00:00
        From: Tracy, Daniel 
        Subject: Position Available: Visiting Research Programmer for Scholarly Communication and Publishing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois Library's Scholarly Communication and
Publishing unit is looking for a research programmer to work on the
continued development of open source-based publishing platforms for a
digital publishing program focused on multimodal and born digital work.
Please share it with anyone you know who might fit and want to apply!
Applicants could either have a CS background with some experience in
publishing or humanities projects, or have a humanities or social
sciences background but some experience with web programming. Our
publishing program has a significant (though not exclusive) focus on
digital humanities publications.

Visiting Research Programmer for Scholarly Communication and Publishing
(2-Year Appointment)

University Library

Academic Professional

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: This position is available as soon as possible.
This is a 100% time, permanent, twelve month, two-year visiting
appointment in the University Library.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities
are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit
http://go.illinois.edu/EEO .

Responsibilities: The University Library at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign is looking for a collaborative research programmer
excited about researching and developing new models of digital
publishing for innovative, multimodal work in conversation with the open
source community.

Reporting to the Manager of Scholarly Communication and Repository
Services (SCARS) team in Library IT and working closely with the Head of
Scholarly Communication and Publishing, the Visiting Research Programmer
will play a key role in research development and systems administration
of open source software used by the library publishing service, the
Illinois Open Publishing Network (IOPN). The individual in this role
will also consult with authors and editors as needed to resolve
technical problems with library publishing systems for books, journals
and open educational resources, and will implement technical solutions
to publishing problems that arise in the creation of these multimodal,
nontraditional works where the form of the digital publication relates
closely to the research argumentation. The programmer will additionally
use their expertise related to publishing systems to collaborate with
the publishing team on development and documentation of workflows and
policies related to the publishing service. The research programmer will
contribute to a research agenda related to developing new models of
digital publishing through systems development as well as investigation
time, initially through the Mellon-funded Publishing Without Walls
research initiative.

The University Library of the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign values diversity of thought, perspective, experience
and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and
respect. We are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity,
and equality, and strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in
our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric
of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to
building this environment in the Library and throughout the campus
community, and we encourage candidates to apply who share these values.

Specific responsibilities include:

- Consulting on technical requirements for advanced digital research and
publication projects; researching, implementing, and developing
identified new features and improvements to open source publishing tools
used by IOPN; and contributing those back to the relevant open source

- Providing technical support to users of publishing systems, including
in-house publishing staff and authors and editors of publications on
IOPN platforms.

- Contribute to research into related areas of interest to help shape
the future of digital publishing services, workflows, and interfaces,
through Academic Professional investigation time.

- Working with editorial staff to develop and document workflows and
related publishing policies for IOPN.

- Systems administration for digital publishing solutions for journal
and book publishing, and multimodal publications, and cross-train
colleagues in Library IT on basic system functions.

Required Qualifications:

- Graduate degree in library/information science, digital humanities, or
a related humanities field such as communications, publishing, or media
studies; or a graduate degree in computer science with experience in
projects related to the humanities, web publishing, or a related area.

- Demonstrated familiarity with the Linux/Unix shell environments and
basic Linux system operations.

- Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining interactive,
data-driven Web applications using PHP.

- Demonstrated experience interacting with relational databases via SQL.

- Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining client-side
Javascript Script code, including experience with the JQuery library.

- Demonstrated experience using the Git version control system.

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

- Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as
collaboratively in teams and with users.

- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse community.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Familiarity with academic research and publishing, including editorial
processes and peer review.

- Two or more years of experience in developing and coding interactive,
data-driven Web applications in PHP.

- Experience with any of the following: Apache HTTP server
configuration, PHP-base MVC frameworks (e.g. Zend, CodeIgniter), or
server side Javascript tools (e.g. Node.js, NPM).

- Experience with software development best practices and methodologies
including scrum, test driven development, version control, and refactoring.

- Experience working with and contributing to open source software projects.

- Experience communicating technical needs and issues to non-IT staff.

Academic Professional employees are encouraged to use “investigation
time” to pursue areas of interest, not directly in support of an
immediate program need, in accordance with the University Library’s
policy on Investigation Time for Academic Professional Employees
. Some investigations originating in this manner may evolve into regular
work assignments or production activities.

Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is
one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 14
million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in
size among academic research libraries in the United States and first
among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual
heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the
strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and
development activities in pursuit of the University’s mission of
teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs
approximately 80 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and
graduate assistants. For more information, see:

The scope of the Scholarly Communication and Publishing unit of the
library includes digital publishing, repository services (including the
library’s institutional repository, IDEALS), copyright, researcher
profiles, scholarly communication, and digital humanities. Librarians in
the unit collaborate closely with other units in the library’s Office of
Research, including the Research Data Service and Scholarly Commons, as
well as with a network of subject specialists, technical services
experts, and special collections librarians and archivists on projects
of mutual interest. It is a partner on the Mellon-funded Publishing
Without Walls grant to understand digital publishing needs of humanists
and implement publishing solutions that fill those needs. The Scholarly
Communication and Publishing Unit synthesizes a wide range of expertise
in both traditional and non-traditional areas of library practice
associated with every aspect of the scholarly communication cycle,
including consultations in the preparation of scholarly articles and
other outputs, consultations related to intellectual property and
copyright, digital archiving of intermediate-stage scholarly work,
compliance with Open Access mandates and policies, promotion of open
educational resources, and establishment and maintenance of new
publishing platforms and publication workflow processes for direct Open
Access publishing of final-stage scholarship.

Salary and Rank:  Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation
days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative),
plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if
needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is
provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse
and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement
System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon
termination), with several options for participation in additional
retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare
portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university
(Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best
in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate
education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and
applied research, and provides public service to the state and the
nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates
and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of
faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in
teaching. More information about the campus is available at
www.illinois.edu .

The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana,
which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140
miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170
northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities
offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work
of a major research institution. For more information about the
community, visit: http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.html or

To Apply:  To ensure full consideration, please complete your
candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of
interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for
three professional references. Applications not submitted through this
website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to
submit application materials on or before April 19, 2019.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all
job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Dan Tracy
Head, Scholarly Communication and Publishing
Assistant Professor, University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Phone: 217-300-8439
Email: dtracy@illinois.edu 
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0106-6293

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