Library Software Applications Developer

The University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a Library Software Applications Developer to join the Software Development department in the Library & Information Technology division.

As a member of a highly collaborative team within the University Libraries’ Software Development department, the Analyst designs, implements, tests, and supports software projects at all stages of their lifecycles; evaluates advanced technologies and services to implement or customize for use by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Community; and integrates systems and works with established frameworks to support technology and infrastructure for University Libraries services and collections. This person also learns and applies robust software development and diagnostic practices, including automated testing, software documentation, peer review, and the responsible stewardship of software inspired by DevOps practices. Mentorship of staff and the continued cultivation of healthy, diverse, and inclusive working environments are fundamental values in our department and the person in this position can expect to benefit from these practices. The UNC Libraries has fostered a community of learning and collaboration and presents many opportunities to learn new skills and to take on a range of technically challenging projects with support from senior staff.

The Library Software Applications Developer will develop software to extract, transform, load, and repurpose Library data using a variety of programming languages (such as Ruby, Python, PHP, and JavaScript) and other systems, such as indexing platforms and relational databases. Additionally, the Library Software Applications Developer works with stakeholder staff to support automation and workflows to generate efficiencies, reduce or remove barriers, and improve outcomes. The University Libraries is active in and committed to open-source development and communities and the Library Software Applications Developer will have opportunities to contribute to open-source software projects in a variety of ways.

The position works with libraries staff and campus partners to address their business needs, while coordinating with other developers, system administrators, project managers, and stakeholders. The Analyst regularly shares progress with stakeholders, seeking input on prototypes. The Analyst provides support to users throughout the lifetime of the project, troubleshooting problems and maintaining code. Our colleagues have taken a variety of paths to technical specializations, and we welcome candidates seeking collaboration with professionals who care about their work, within an environment that respects a work-life balance.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and 0-2 years of experience or a combination of related education and experience.
  • Experience working collaboratively and communicating effectively with software stakeholders.
  • Experience developing server-based software.
  • Experience developing ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load) software procedures on large volumes of highly structured data, such as library catalog data.
  • Experience working effectively with a cross-functional team to plan and complete technical projects.
  • Experience with Integrated Library Systems and other software common in library and academic environments.


  • Experience with data encoded using the MARC metadata standard.
  • Experience with RDBMS (e.g. MySQL or PostgreSQL).
  • Experience with Solr and related discovery system technologies.
  • Experience with XML and related technologies.
  • Experience working with application frameworks (e.g. Ruby on Rails, Django, Laravel, or Vue.js).
  • Experience with version control (e.g. Git).
  • Experience with test driven development and/or continuous integration.

  The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, social work, information science, and law. The University Libraries, one of the largest research libraries in the south, is an essential part of the University’s educational and research efforts. It includes 9 libraries on campus, including the Health Sciences Library, Walter Royal Davis Library, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, and the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. The University Libraries hold approximately 9.2 million volumes and extensive collections of manuscripts, audiovisual, microforms, graphics, government documents and rare books. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, healing, and service missions of the universities.

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
Salary Range:  $64,000-$70,000.  This is a twelve-month EHRA IT Professional position; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or Optional retirement plan.
Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin upon receipt.   Position will be posted for 14 days.
To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a resume of relevant experience, a cover letter highlighting your interest in this position and Carolina’s libraries, and the names, titles, and contact information for three professional references.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.