Library Technologies & Programmer Specialist Mississauga , ON


Library Technologies & Programmer Specialist

Job Number: 1903271

Faculty / Division: University of Toronto Mississauga

Department: UTM Library

Campus: Mississauga


About us:

The University’s second largest division, U of T Mississauga (UTM) has 17 academic departments and offers 156 programs in 92 areas of study. Home to approximately 15,000 students and over 1,000 faculty and staff, the

campus houses the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, Centre for Medicinal Chemistry and Institute for Management and Innovation. With its distinctive interdisciplinary programs such as forensic sciences and biomedical communications, UTM offers a broad array of continuing education programs and professional masters programs. Established in 1967, the campus features award-winning architecture, robust community partnerships and a dynamic student environment set amongst 225 acres along the Credit River in Mississauga.

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) system is the largest academic library in Canada and is consistently ranked among the top-10 research libraries in North America. The system consists of over 40 libraries located on three University campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough that together provide access to more than 12 million print volumes, millions of electronic resources in various formats, and almost 30,000 linear metres of archival materials. The Libraries’ data centre houses more than 200 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

The U of T Mississauga Library (UTM Library), located in the award-winning Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre (HMALC), is a leading, world-class Library committed to providing students with an open and collaborative environment – one that embeds rich information and technology resources, integrates expert services into a dynamic and imaginative experience, and inspires and facilitates learning. The UTM Library offers inspiring study and research spaces, a dedicated team of Librarians and Library staff, and a suite of public, instruction and research support services that support faculty, staff and students.

Your opportunity:

The UTM Library offers a dynamic and professional environment that fosters a culture built on respect, accountability, teamwork, and a shared commitment to customer service. This position will collaborate extensively with various Library units in offering innovative and comprehensive solutions for a variety of Library initiatives. Our core mission is to support the learning, teaching and research needs of all UTM undergraduate and graduate programs.

Reporting to the Library Technologies & Liaison Librarian, the Library Technologies & Programmer Specialist is responsible for providing technical expertise, systems support, and original programming in the areas of website development, website design and digital scholarship project support by investigating, testing, implementing, maintaining, updating, and documenting web-based applications and server-side solutions. The incumbent will also be responsible for the testing, setup, and maintenance of various computer hardware and peripherals, doing demonstrations, and answering questions from library patrons. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for setting up and maintaining various development environments for iOS and Android app development, development workstations for video game development, including augmented and virtual reality, and setting up and maintaining various audio and video equipment and various computer hardware and software relating to digitization. The incumbent also supports library specific technologies such as self-checkout systems, library management systems, and technology that is available to patrons in the library technology lending program.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Building and maintaining websites including website development and design, and Drupal development and theming, to support the Library's website and a wide range of digital projects
  • Writing complex technical code for internal systems, databases, and web-based applications
  • Configuring system applications according to needs, including maintaining and updating Drupal infrastructure, and providing LAMP/UNIX and Drupal CMS administration
  • Conducting needs assessments to determine end-user technical requirements and liaising with IT services staff at UTM and St. George to determine if needs can be met
  • Responding to end-user service requests in a timely fashion, including setup and maintenance of various audio and video equipment
  • Applying established standards when deploying software and hardware including setting up and maintaining development environments for iOS and Android app development, video game development workstations, and computers for augmented and virtual reality
  • Troubleshooting and providing support for peripheral set-up and maintenance with equipment such as 3D printers, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi
  • Providing detailed explanation on computing procedures, including providing demonstrations and answering questions from library patrons


: Essential Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or acceptable combination of equivalent experience, with a strong background in information technology.
  • Minimum four (4) years' experience working in one or more information technology positions including programming in at least one major programming language (e.g., PHP, JavaScript, Python, Ruby).
  • Demonstrated experience with interactive technologies such as green screen, 360-degree video, AR/VR, gaming development, or 3D printing.
  • Experience with library specific technologies such as library management systems (e.g. SIRSI), self-checkout system, or library-specific technology lending.
  • Experience in the development and design of web-based scholarly resources (e.g., publications, databases of digital representations, or teaching materials) and working with web content and digital assessment management frameworks (e.g., Drupal, Omeka).
  • Demonstrated skills with website programming and development including web database communication technologies (e.g., XML, CSS, MySQL, JSON).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including an ability to explain complex technology to non-technical users.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to present innovative solutions to challenging problems.
  • Effective interpersonal skills to develop good working relations among project teams, staff, clients, peers and vendors.
  • Ability to lift/move desktop and server computer equipment as well as network equipment and printers; some level of manual dexterity required for hardware repair; and, ability to install equipment safely and efficiently.

Assets (Nonessential):
  • Knowledge of project coordination and methodologies (e.g., familiarity with Kanban, Agile, etc.).
  • Experience with creation and website integration of multimedia assets (e.g., images, video, audio) and familiarity with website accessibility (e.g., WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0 and 2.1).
  • Demonstrated experience with Unix/Linux systems and code management systems (e.g., GitHub, Bitbucket, Git, Subversion).
  • Excellent computer skills and working knowledge of network architecture, Windows and MAC OS, and database applications (e.g., MySQL).
  • Demonstrated time management skills with ability to handle and prioritize a high volume of demands and work under pressure.
  • Experience working in an academic environment.
  • Experience with open source project contribution, versioning, and other methodologies.
  • Familiarity with web data display tools (e.g., D3, Tableau, R tools, other).

To be successful in this role you will be:
  • Accountable
  • Adaptable
  • Communicator
  • Multi-tasker
  • Problem solver
  • Team player

Travel: None

Employee Group: United Steelworkers (USW)

Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing

Schedule: Full-time

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: USW Pay Band 12 -- $69,730 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $89,172. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.

Job Field: Information Technology

Job Posting: Aug 13, 2019

Job Closing: Aug 28, 2019, 11:59:00 PM

To view and apply for this position, please visit

Closes: 28 August, 2019

University of Toronto Mississauga LIbrary
Mississauga , ON