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Content Development Project and Implementation Officer

Vacancy Details

Salary: £29,000 per annum
Location: Boston Spa
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Management
Date Posted: 04/01/2018
Reference: 01690


Full Time, Fixed Term for 2 Years

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It holds well over 150 million items from many countries. As a legal deposit library, the British Library receives copies of all books produced in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including a significant proportion of overseas titles distributed in the UK. The Library is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The British Library is a major research library, with items in many languages and in many formats, both print and digital: books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, videos, play-scripts, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings. The Library has a high profile programme for content acquisitions.

The Library is seeking to recruit a new member of staff to join the Content Development Implementation Team which has overarching responsibility for managing the British Library’s acquisitions budget and for reviewing, developing and implementing appropriate workflows, policies and procedures to support and deliver the BL’s Content Strategy; including the provision of data to support decision making, ensuring value for money, and the migration from print content to digital content. The team manage publisher and supplier negotiations in relation to legal deposit and purchased material (both print and digital) and, working closely with colleagues in Licensing, Corporate Procurement and Legal and Contract Services, is responsible for theprocurement and contract management of commercially published material acquired for the BL Collection. The team also support colleagues within Collection Management by acting as a central point of co-ordination for activities such as subscription renewals, invoice processing (for acquisitions), electronic resource management, exchanges, selection and de-selection, and managing collection material offered on donation to the BL.
This is an exciting opportunity to take active responsibility for delivery of specific projects and tasks within Content Development Implementation to deliver agreed priorities arising from a recent review of acquisitions and realignment of funding. Working with a wide range of stakeholders you will develop and agree appropriate methodologies and criteria to review and evaluate content and make recommendations for adjustments to current collecting in terms of both content and format. In particular you will be responsible for reviewing best practice for the management and review of electronic resources and driving improvements to current processes within the BL.
You will be a self-starter with proven ability to prioritise work and deliver to agreed deadlines with minimal supervision. You will be used to handling and analysing data and demonstrate attention to detail and good analytical and problem-solving skills. The successful applicant will need to be able to communicate confidently and effectively with a range of stakeholders, both orally and in writing, and have good organisational and document management skills.
If you areproactive with a strong track record of delivery, this post provides fantastic opportunities in terms of personal input and opportunities for self-development. A collaborative, determined, open and honest approach to align with the Library’s values and purposes will also be vital.
This is a fixed term, full-time post for an initial period of 2 years.  Internal applicants wishing to apply for this post as a secondment must do so with the agreement of their current line manager and will be considered in line with other candidates. This post is based at Boston Spa, but the successful applicant must be willing to occasionally travel to London to work with project personnel/stakeholders as and when required.

Closing Date:
 17 January 2018
Interview Date: 30 or 31 January 2018

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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