LYRASIS is seeking an experienced web application developer to help enhance the front-end to an open-source eBook administration application.

Library Simplified is an open-source e-book/a-book content aggregator developed for public library use by the New York Public Library. It aggregates content from a library's e- and a-book vendors, integrates with the library's ILS for patron access, and provides access to the content for library patrons to checkout/download via a mobile app (iOS and Android) called SimplyE.

This is a remote position working with a distributed team.

Duties/Job Responsibilities:

Help enhance and improve our web-based ebook reader, web catalog and administration interface. Work closely with our ops team and community engineering partners to add new features, improve existing code and troubleshoot issues.

Be both a self-starter and able to work in close collaboration with internal colleagues and a virtual community. This role will work closely with our ops team and community engineering partners to add new features, improve existing code and troubleshoot issues in the SimplyE front-end administration service. Our goals are to build a great eBook reading and audio-book listening experience while simultaneously contributing to a vibrant open-source community to ensure long-term access and sustainability.

Open-source code available here:

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • 5+ years of programming experience
  • 3+ years of experience with javascript
  • Strong experience with front-end development on React framework
  • Strong command of web standards and accessibility
  • Familiarity with test-driven development and software testing
  • Proven ability to interact with other developers and business teams
  • Effective oral and written communication skills including technical documentation
  • Self-starter that excels in time management, organization, and prioritization
  • Strong customer service orientation and interpersonal skills
  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) in a related field


  • Code from a previous project that we can see
  • Experience writing specifications for client-server protocols
  • Experience working on a remote team
  • Experience contributing to an open-source project

The position is part of a geographically and institutionally distributed team, and, as such, applications from candidates interested in telecommuting are welcome.

About Us:

LYRASIS is a 501 c 3 non-profit membership organization whose mission is to support enduring access to the world's shared academic, scientific, and cultural heritage through leadership in open technologies, content services, digital solutions, and collaboration with archives, libraries, museums, and knowledge communities worldwide.

LYRASIS was created by its members to help them tackle wide-reaching challenges. LYRASIS is organized into three primary units of focus community supported/open-source software, technology hosting services, and content creation and acquisition. In addition to these business units, we also offer specific programs such as consulting, training, fiscal services, and more.

At LYRASIS, one of our core values is to provide an inclusive environment to all who are employed here. Therefore, the company is intentional in providing fair and equitable employment opportunities to all applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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