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Data Services Lead

Vacancy Details

Salary: £35,750 (BSP) or £39,000 (STP) per ann
Location: Boston Spa or St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Cataloguers, Reference and Research
Date Posted: 25/06/2018
Reference: 02041


Full Time, Permanent

£35,750 - £42,000 per annum (Boston Spa) or £39,000 - £46,020 per annum (St Pancras)

Services for research data are a vital to supporting contemporary research, and the role of libraries in enabling data sharing and reuse continues to evolve. The British Library is looking for a Data Services Lead to help it to continue to define its role and services in this area.

Leading the small Data Services team, the role has primary responsibility for the on-going development and implementation of the British Library’s Research Data Strategy ( and will have over sight of existing services including DataCite UK. As part of the wider Research Infrastructure Services area, the post holder will develop new data services for the research community, including commercial, private and academic research, as well as the Library’s own staff. The Data Services Lead is expected to work with partners across the organisation, and represent the Library in the UK and internationally on projects and initiatives related to research data and persistent identifiers.

Applicants are expected to have an excellent understanding of the research data environment and related policies. They will have experience in delivering services particularly in collaboration with operational staff, and can demonstrate an ability to work closely with a variety of external collaborators to achieve shared goals. The successful candidate will be familiar with persistent identifier services commonly used in research, with the ability to communicate new or technical ideas and plans to a wide variety of audiences both within the Library and to the wider research community.

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: 01 July 2018

Interview date:11 July  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
  • Are you currently a British Library employee or agency member of staff?


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