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Chattanooga Public Library - Data Specialist

by Chrissie Himes Contributions Published on Jan 17, 2014 05:29 PM
Chattanooge Public Library is hiring a data specialist!

The Chattanooga Public Library (CPL) is seeking a qualified candidate for a newly created Data Specialist position. The successful applicant will join our fantastic digital projects team on The 4th Floor, a 14,000 sq ft public maker/hackerspace in Chattanooga’s city center. This is a unique library job that combines the diverse talents of a seasoned collection development specialist, a web developer, a data scientist, and a community outreach specialist. The position is a year-long grant funded position awarded to the CPL as one partner in the Chattanooga collaborative collaborative. With demonstrated success, we intend to extend the position beyond the duration of the grant indefinitely.

The ideal candidate for the position is a free software evangelist and an expert who can work with representatives from city government as well as citizen groups like Chattanooga collaborative to coordinate contributions of data to a public platform or portal. This portal will be hosted by the library and accessed alongside our other digital collections. The portal’s exceptional construction, performance, and maintenance are all the responsibility of the DS. The DS will coordinate with partners to ensure that all data added to the portal is useful, useable, and accessible like all of our other public library collections. While this position does not require the candidate to be a degreed librarian, it is important that the candidate demonstrates an understanding of professional collection development principles, since this government-produced data will be treated as a library collection.

The first and most important task the DS faces is the buildout of the platform itself, as well as the creation of a sustainability plan and documentation of the data portal as a library collection. Currently, the library has a beta version of a data portal available at http://opendata.chattlibrary.org; this was created using DKAN. The DS will either continue work using this platform, or will present a case for the adoption of another free software platform, such as CKAN.

Chattanooga Public Library considers this data portal a key piece of our digital infrastructure as we develop more online library services and migrate some of our traditional library services into a networked environment. The ideal candidate will bring innovative and creative thought and workflows to our already robust digital services team. Eventually, the CPL anticipates serving more than just government data transparency from this platform. A candidate with a passion for developing cutting edge services, skills to build and deliver applications and products, and a desire to have fun working collaboratively with the rest of us will find CPL to be a satisfying work environment.

Other qualifications, requirements, and preferences:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in CS or related field
  • Demonstrated understanding of data structures and APIs
  • Familiarity with Drupal and DKAN or with CKAN
  • Familiarity with the GLAMP stack; demonstrated PHP development experience
  • A strong history of contributions and commitments to free software projects
  • Please provide a link to your github account or another online portfolio
  • Bonus points for applicants with UI/UX/design experience

This is a full-time position with benefits. Sorry, this is not a remote work opportunity, you will have to work in the library.

The salary for this job is $55,000/year.

Email application, resume, and portfolio to cooper_j@lib.chattanooga.gov

More information at http://chattlibrary.org/jobs/open-data-specialist-ods

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