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Scholarly Communications Lead

Vacancy Details

Salary: £39,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Cataloguers, Reference and Research
Closing Date: 09/19/2017
Date Posted: 08/29/2017
Reference: 01465


Full Time, Permanent


The British Library is seeking to appoint a Scholarly Communications Lead to help redefine its role as a provider of open access services to its global research audience and the UK Higher Education sector. The post holder will shape our scholarly communications strategy and work with colleagues across the Library and with external partners to implement it, in particular with regards to open access services (including preservation, discovery and enhanced analytics/text and data mining). While the focus of the British Library is on the UK, the scholarly communications ecosystem is global and we are seeking new ways to contribute and sustain it in partnership with relevant national and international organisations. Working closely with the BL’s Head of Research Services the post holder will represent the Library internationally, offering an exciting opportunity to influence the development of the global scholarly communications and open access ecosystem. The post will be based in the newly formed Research Infrastructure Services section of the Research Services department that includes similar roles focusing on data, discovery and repository services.


The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge and experience of the scholarly communication environment, in particular with regards to open access. They will understand the needs of researchers and research organisations with respect to scholarly communication and in particular the challenges related to meeting research funder requirements. The successful applicant will also have recent experience of scholarly communications workflows, and a broad understanding of the wider ecosystem, including relevant sector bodies and organisations, infrastructures and systems. The ability to confidently represent the British Library externally are as relevant to this position as the ability to work collaboratively and constructively in a matrix environment, including strong communication and influencing skills.


Closing Date: 19 September 2017

Interview Date: 5 October 2017


In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom


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