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Database Content Designer

Date: May 4, 2019

Location: Ipswich, MA, US, 01938

Company: EBSCO Industries Inc

EBSCO Information Services (EIS) provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of e-journals, e-books, and research databases — all combined with the most powerful discovery service to support the information needs and maximize the research experience of our end-users. Headquartered in Ipswich, MA, EIS employs more than 3,300 people worldwide. We are the leader in our field due to our cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking philosophy, and top-notch workforce. EIS, a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., based in Birmingham, AL, is ranked in the top 200 of the nation’s largest, privately held corporations according to Forbes magazine. EBSCO is a company that will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow. We are looking for the best. If you are too, we encourage you to explore our unique opportunities.

Mission Statement:

Deliver all research database projects on time with high-value features by supporting all relevant teams throughout the value stream and continuously improving internal processes, from data acquisition and requirements through specification and configuration. The Content Designer's understanding of the style/tradition of EBSCO database products, metadata standards and best practices, and technical understanding of EBSCO's eHost and other interfaces allows a product to be built, quality checked, and maintained effectively.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with product managers on requirements for manipulating data to support key features for new and existing products within the EBSCOhost environment; this includes support for display and searching features
  • Write detailed technical database design specifications that describe how to map bibliographic data sources to EBSCO’s proprietary format
  • Use ETL tools to carry out the instructions in design specifications
  • Work with team members including QA, PM on product configurations and complex data transformations to ensure accurate technical implementation of database functionality and appearance according to specifications
  • Analyze third-party data sources using data analysis tools such as MongoDB, SQL and home grown tools to guide licensing decisions and advise EBSCO’s data partners
  • Provide troubleshooting and defect resolution for existing products
  • Contribute to discussions about metadata standards
  • For licensed secondary databases (LSDs), design and build databases from start to finish
  • Ability to work independently on complex projects
  • Identify opportunities for process improvement and drive process improvement projects from beginning to end



  • Minimum of two years of demonstrated experience with web-based database search and retrieval techniques
  • Minimum of three years demonstrated experience reading and understanding complex documents in XML format
  • Minimum of one year demonstrated ability reading and writing XSLT
  • Minimum of one year demonstrated ability to balance multiple projects concurrently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Minimum of one year demonstrated experience in writing python scripts, particularly for data handling
  • Familiarity with JSON
  • Excellent technical communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent analytical skills, problem solving skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent ability to work in a team environment


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters of Library Science degree, or comparable experience
  • Business analysis experience preferred, including project analysis, requirements production and management, process flow documentation
  • Experience in the field of librarianship or bibliographic database development or design, including demonstrated experience creating or manipulating bibliographic data in a searchable database environment
  • Demonstrated experience with indexing methods as applied to bibliographic data
  • Familiarity with standard bibliographic format standards (e.g. Dublin Core, NLM XML, JATS, MARC21) preferred

EBSCO Industries, an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws.  EBSCO strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.

EBSCO complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable state or local law.

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