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Collection Metadata Systems Analyst

Vacancy Details

Salary: £29,000 per annum
Location: Boston Spa
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Metadata, Operations and Strategy
Date Posted: 14/06/2018
Reference: 02051


Collection Metadata Systems Analyst – LST Programme

Full Time, Fixed Term until 30th April 2022

The Library Systems Transformation Programme (LST) has been established to deliver replacement of the core Library systems which are used to manage our extensive collections, including the Digital Library System (DLS) and Library Management systems including Aleph (acquisitions and cataloguing of published content), IAMS (Integrated Archive & Manuscripts System) and SAMI (Sound and Moving Image). The Library is also seeking to implement additional system functionality to support the full life-cycle management of its physical collection items. This is an exciting opportunity to become involved in a major programme that will transform the way the Library manages its collections.

As a member of the Collection Metadata Systems team based in Boston Spa, you will participate in a wide variety of Programme support activities. The full range of collection metadata contained in the systems being replaced is in scope, including bibliographic, administrative and digital metadata.

One key area of activity will involve planning and implementing the migration of metadata and content from existing systems. This will include active participation in the migration process as well as activities to clean, standardise and prepare metadata while exploring opportunities for its enhancement and convergence.

Working closely with staff in business areas and in the Programme, you will also be involved in such activities as studying how other institutions use collection metadata systems, engaging with system suppliers, requirements specification, and business analysis. 

Highly organised, self-motivated, enthusiastic and able to work to tight deadlines, you’ll have good analytical skills, pay great attention to detail and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. In addition to knowledge of relevant metadata standards for published and/or unpublished resources, you will have experience of working with collection metadata systems and, ideally, a library qualification or degree in a relevant discipline. Knowledge of library acquisition and bibliographic workflows and associated standards will be an advantage.

Closing Date: 1 July 2018

Interview Date: 12 July 2018

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.

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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