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Application Specialist - Discovery and Access

Vacancy Details

Salary: £29,000 per annum
Location: Boston Spa
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Operations
Category: Information Technology and Development
Date Posted: 06/03/2018
Reference: 01816


Full Time, Permanent


The Discovery & Access team is responsible for the search and discovery facilities that allow customers to access the physical and digital archives held by the British Library. The team maintain a number of instances of Primo containing over 80M records and these systems utilise a number of other services such as NGINX, which the team also maintain. The team are tasked with ensuring the ongoing security, stability and availability of these systems some of which need to acceptable 24 hours per day

This role is responsible for the support and maintenance of the applications providing this service to our customers. Typical tasks can include application configuration for new data harvests, through application testing to ensure the system is operating successfully to user support and answering general support questions


In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


More about the British Library

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.


Closing date: 25 March 2018

Interview date: Week commencing 3 April 2018


Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.


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