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IPS Technical Analyst

Vacancy Details

Salary: £29,000 or £32,000 per annum
Location: Boston Spa or St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Management
Closing Date: 03/25/2018
Date Posted: 03/02/2018
Reference: 01829


Full Time, Fixed Term for 18 months

£32,000 (St Pancras) or £29,000 (Boston Spa)

Location - St Pancras or Boston Spa 


The British Library is one of the World’s greatest research libraries, committed to providing researchers with access to reliable digital collection content now and far into the future. Our digital collection is one of the most exciting in the world, containing everything from digitised books and newspapers to born digital maps, eBooks and eJournals, audio content and more, even the national UK Web Archive.


This role offers a rare opportunity to work on a unique and innovative initiative within the Digital Preservation Team and help deliver the functionality for implementation and execution of scalable digital preservation solutions. The suite of tools produced by the Integrated Preservation Suite (IPS) project will ensure that the Library can identify threats to the longevity of content before they materialise, and will provide the infrastructure to devise, test, execute and deploy preservation planning at scale.  As a technical analyst working on the IPS project you’ll have the opportunity to help drive the technical development of our preservation planning, representation information, and technology watch infrastructure services in order to help ensure the long-term preservation of the Library’s digital collections.


Possessing excellent research and analytical skills, you will be confident in applying your technical expertise and growing understanding of digital preservation to investigate relevant challenges, understand technical requirements, and identify and propose solutions for the project. Your strong software development skills will enable you to act upon your findings and quickly develop and debug the necessary components and services to successfully meet the digital preservation challenges faced. Working alongside other digital preservation and Library colleagues, you will be well-organised, able to demonstrate excellent team-working and communication skills, and be able to convey your interest in the long term preservation of our digital heritage collections. You will have the ability to work closely with other team members, but also the motivation and drive to deliver independently as required.


This is an exciting chance to work at the cutting edge of digital preservation development and help implement a sustainable solution for custodianship and preservation of our digital collections. 

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 9 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.


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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