OhioLINK is Seeking Two Senior Repository Software Developers

My place of work, OhioLINK, is part of a larger group called the Educational Technology Division of the University System of Ohio. In that capacity, we’re seeking two senior repository software developers to work in our downtown Columbus, OH, office.

The position description can be a little tricky to get to — the Ohio State University jobs website does not allow deep linking into job descriptions — so I’m reproducing the entire description here:

Position Information

Both current Ohio State employees and the general public may apply for this unclassified professional position.  
Senior Systems Manager-Not Sap  
Sr. Repository Developer  
Office of Research-OARnet  
347544 [Also requisition number 347545] 
Supports software development operations for Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), in collaboration with the Chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) and the University System of Ohio (Education Technology Division), in accordance with university policies, goals, and objectives; participates in regular operation of SCRUM-based software development team; identifies project development requirements in conjunction with stakeholders, including Product Owner, community representatives and SCRUM team lead; develops technical solutions to meet the business objectives of product requirements in accordance with established OARnet/OBR software development standards; divides technical solutions into component-level features; assigns, monitors, and reviews component-level feature development, testing and integration tasks performed by team members; serves as technical SME for application development environment; performs investigation and tracking of industry trends and exploration of advanced technologies; serves as an expert consultant within and outside OARnet, and significant participation in advising and planning committees and task forces; designs, plans, and coordinates development/construction of systems; serves as a mentor to other development associates.  
Successful completion of a background check required.  
Bachelor’s Degree in computer & information science or an equivalent combination of education and experience; extensive (5 years) Java development experience involving DSpace/Manakin, Cocoon, XML/XSLT and HTML/CSS site creation; considerable experience (3 years) with JBoss Application Server; considerable experience (3 years) with Linux/Unix, Perl, shell scripting; experience (1 year) with Log4j, JUnit, Maven and Apache Commons.  
Master’s of Library Science degree; experience with digital archive projects including metadata schema creation.  
$76,000 – $84,000 Annually  
Information Technology (IT)  
Full Time  

OARnet is a constituent of the University System of Ohio Educational Technology Division, and OARnet’s administrative agent is Ohio State University. To apply for the position, go to Ohio State University’s Job Site, select “Search Postings” and use either requisition number 347544 or 347545.

SkyRiver – a(nother) Bibliographic Utility

North America is gaining its third1 major bibliographic record utility server this month with the unveiling of SkyRiver.

SkyRiver Technology's Pre-launch Homepage

SkyRiver Technology's Pre-launch Homepage

The website is sparse at the moment — it says: “We’re Skyriver, the new bibliographic utility in town. If you even know what this means and want to learn more, contact us at info@theskyriver.com.” — but Marshall Breeding has an in-depth exploration of the new company in a Library Journal article. Whereas OCLC has broadened its focus recently with the acquisition of ancillary companies and development of new services (which is to say nothing about he controversy surrounding its record use policy), SkyRiver is positioning itself as a pure, fully-featured bibliographic utility. According to Breeding, SkyRiver subscribers can use bibliographic records from its service without restriction including, presumably, giving them away to non-subscribers. SkyRiver says it is also placing an emphasis on the quality, not quantity, of records. The article says it will launch in January next year with 20 million records from the Library of Congress and the British library.

SkyRiver was founded by Jerry Kline, one of the principles behind Innovative Interfaces, Inc, and its president is Leslie Straus, former vice president for worldwide sales and marketing until 2006. The Library Journal article indicates that Kline is providing the financial backing of the effort, and that it shares office space and administrative support with Innovative Interfaces. No word yet about who the development partners are (although the article says that at least one is an ARL library) or what the subscription pricing will be. The SkyRiver website, though, does encourage people to come back to http://skyriver.com/ for the formal launch on Friday, October 9th.

For the record, the other major North American bibliographic utilities that I’m aware of are OCLC and LibLime’s ‡biblios.net, with the footnote talking about the possibility of the Open Library as a bibliographic utility. As with ‡biblios.net, I think it is useful to think about the introduction of SkyRiver to the bibliographic utility universe in the framework of Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovations. And in that framework, I’m not sure these efforts will work — while SkyRiver and ‡biblios.net are arguably quicker and more nimble than their OCLC counterpart — there isn’t much in the service offering that are not sustaining innovations in the field. Sure, the pricing model and the record re-use policies might be different, but the existence of SkyRiver and ‡biblios.net may just force OCLC to move in these directions as well. After that, there are no distinguishing factors. Clearly, this is going to need more thought…

The text was modified to update a link from https://biblios.net/ to http://biblios.net/ on February 11th, 2011.


  1. or fourth? Does Open Library count as a bibliographic utility? []