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Discovery Services Specialist

Vacancy Details

Salary: £29,000 or £32,000 per annum
Location: Boston Spa or St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Cataloguers, Reference and Research
Closing Date: 10/14/2018
Date Posted: 09/24/2018
Reference: 02324



Full Time, Permanent

St Pancras or Boston Spa

The world of library discovery is changing fast and the British Library is hiring a specialist to help us lead that change.


Services that enable researchers to find and access relevant resources are critical for the British Library. Working in our research infrastructure services team, the Discovery Services Specialist has a key role in scoping and implementing our next generation search interfaces. To guide researchers to the huge variety of items we make available, you’ll also help to define services in areas such as text mining and data visualisation. You’ll find and trial some of the latest tools the Library could use to enable those discovery services.


The successful candidate will have a knowledge of discovery and access technologies, ideally along with an awareness of related needs of researchers. A good understanding of databases, metadata and identifiers is essential. They must also have the ability to present information to different audiences.

Closing Date: 14 October 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.

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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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