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Preservation Repository Manager

Vacancy Details

Salary: £35,750 to £42,000 per annum
Location: Boston Spa
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Management
Closing Date: 08/04/2018
Date Posted: 04/04/2018
Reference: 01837


Full Time, Permanent


This is an exciting opportunity to join the British Library as Preservation Repository Manager and help ensure our digital collections are properly preserved for future generations. The Preservation Repository is a core strategic system within the British Library that provides the technical infrastructure to support long term preservation. The British Library operates this on behalf of all of the Legal Deposit Libraries in the UK and it contains all of the content acquired under Non Print Legal Deposit Regulations. Alongside this Legal Deposit content, we also have an ever-growing collection of born digital and digitised content that requires active preservation if it is to remain accessible and reliable for future users.


Strategic management of the repository system will be a key element of this role as we transition from a custom-built system to a commercial solution and embed new workflows in business processes to ensure compliance with core policy and business needs. Alongside this, the post holder will contribute to the wider implementation of the Library’s Digital Preservation Strategy and play a leading role in related projects or initiatives to develop and embed supporting digital preservation solutions. The post holder will lead a team of operational digital preservation staff to both use and promote digital preservation tools and solutions across the Library, engaging closely with colleagues in other units to manage the overall service. The role presents a chance to play a leading role in the provision of cutting edge, large scale repository services, in a national cultural heritage institution with an international reputation for leading the way in development and implementation of best practice in digital preservation.


The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of digital preservation and its application within a large organisation. Ideally you will have some prior experience of managing a digital repository, but you will definitely be comfortable with project management and be able to demonstrate excellent analytical skills as well as strong problem solving capabilities. You should have excellent organisational, managerial, and decision-making skills. The ability to work collaboratively and constructively in a matrix environment, including strong communication and influencing skills, will be key to ensuring the post delivers as expected. Most importantly you should care about the longevity of the Library’s digital collection and be motivated to work with colleagues to identify and mitigate risks to its survival over time.


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.

Relocation Expenses can be considered for the appointed candidate in accordance with Library policy.

Closing date: 8 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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