Library Systems Developer

Student and Academic Services (SAS)

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 29th Jul 2021
  • Salary: £30,942.00 - £32,817.00 per annum
  • REF: 8222
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £30,942.00 – £32,817.00per annum

Closing Date:12 August2021

The Role

This role presents an excellent opportunity for a Library Systems Developer to contribute to the development and design of the Library’s specialist information resource discovery and delivery services, including the support and exploitation of third-party software applications. The role will be based in the Digital Library Services team and interact with a wide range of colleagues across the Library and University designing, developing, and delivering a portfolio of online resources and tools to support education and research. These resources will include learning materials and presentations of digital content drawn from the Library’s Special Collections and Archive.

This role is fixed term for a period of 2 years.

For informal enquiries please contactIan Johnson, on

Key Accountabilities

  • To develop and implement high quality user interfaces that enhance education and research activities across a variety of delivery modes, working in partnership with academic and professional services staff and students.
  • To manage and co-ordinate the translation of the Library’s existing physical and digital content into high quality online education and research resources for use across a variety of platforms.
  • To support the integration of a variety of Library systems into a seamless search interface.
  • To develop and maintain the resource discovery user interfaces of internal and third-party systems, including the implementation of bespoke customisations.
  • To develop and maintain the Library’s web presence according to guidance from the University Web Team.
  • To manage projects related to the development of online education and research resources ensuring that outputs are delivered to a high quality and within agreed timeframes.
  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external partners.
  • To ensure the Library’s online services comply with accessibility and usability guidelines for Higher Education, and with copyright legislation.
  • To compile and present reports and papers to a variety of audiences.
  • To identify and plan for personal and professional development, to maintain the currency of skills and for the purposes of continuous improvement.
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Expertise in front-end development, with detailed knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Ability to plan, wireframe and design web products from a brief.
  • Experience of UI design and knowledge of design software like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Knowledge of UX, planning out user journeys, and making key UX decisions.
  • Excellent team working skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective networks both internally and externally.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise own workload, and to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to communicate complex technical issues and concepts to non-technical colleagues.
  • Excellent organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Highly developed IT skills, and the ability to become proficient quickly in the use of new software packages.
  • Experience of working on projects, and an understanding of project management methodology. Knowledge of national and international standards for accessibility and usability.
  • Experience of working in the higher education sector.

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Liaises effectively with stakeholders; colleagues, suppliers and customers
  • Identifies quickly what is important and prioritises accordingly
  • Maintains flexibility in work plans to allow for changing circumstances
  • Reviews and revises plans to meet changing needs
  • Develops and implements new ideas
  • Encourages creative and innovative thinking in self and others
  • Uses initiative to sort things out, is enterprising in effective use of material, financial and human resources


  • University degree in related discipline or equivalent substantial work experience

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Requisition ID: 8222

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