FOLIO Developer | Information Technologist II

at Michigan State University Libraries (view profile)
Location East Lansing, Michigan
Date Posted September 24, 2020
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $57,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $70,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Pay Grade 13


You will have primary responsibility for writing code for the Libraries’ implementation of the FOLIO (<>) open source library services platform. You will be expected to write clean, maintainable, self-documenting code; to write implementation documentation; to work with the FOLIO project’s developers to resolve problems; to collaborate with our librarians and technical staff; and to assist in other areas of this important project.

What you’ll be doing with us:

  • Independently working with a diverse selection of developers and librarians to create quality software as part of an agile development community.
  • All the normal development work you’d expect, from design and prototypes, all the way to automating tests and deployment.
  • Helping to develop a highly complex, cutting edge open-source platform for providing library services.
  • Developing with a host of modern technologies including (but not limited to) frameworks such as React, NodeJS, and Vert.x.
  • Being proactive and taking the initiative. There is always something to be done or which can be improved; we'd like someone who is unafraid to step up and tackle tough tasks with enthusiasm.
  • You’ll practice an agile scrum development model with the FOLIO development team—working in sprints for software development, attending daily standups, sprint reviews, and collaborating with developers at partnering institutions.
  • We believe everyone has something they can contribute. Even if your past experience doesn't match the job description exactly, having a broad history of accomplishments is something we find valuable as well. Be sure to tell us all the skills you bring to the table!

What we can provide for you:

  • Beautiful open campus! The Main Library building is located between Beaumont Tower and the famous Beal Botanical Gardens.
  • Developers within the Libraries operate as a small, agile group with large organizational support.
  • This position will also have the opportunity to collaborate in a much wider network, including with FOLIO developers at other institutions and EBSCO Information Services.
  • Working in a library provides a sense of fulfillment with service to both the campus and the community.
  • Welcoming and supportive culture! The Libraries makes great efforts to ensure all staff are included and can participate in library organization and planning.
  • MSU Libraries is home to cutting-edge technology spaces, including the state-of-the-art Digital Scholarship Lab and the Hollander MakeCentral Makerspace.
  • Further opportunities for interesting development projects beyond FOLIO are expected in the future—work closely with faculty who are researching and building innovative services for scholars and students.
  • Comprehensive health benefits and matching retirement contributions.
  • Leadership that promotes a healthy work–life balance.
  • On-campus food plans available and lots of dining options both on and off campus.
  • Casual dress code and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Opportunities to grow and expand your skill set, including attending conferences. You should expect to learn a lot and never be bored!

Software development in an academic library is truly a unique and fulfilling experience. If you are self-driven and motivated to work in an environment where you can make a difference, be bold and apply today. Go Green!

Please visit the Careers @ MSU site for more information and to apply.