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Scholarly Communications Specialist

Vacancy Details

Salary: £29,000 or £32,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Cataloguers, Reference and Research
Closing Date: 10/21/2018
Date Posted: 10/01/2018
Reference: 02333



Full Time, Permanent

Boston Spa or St Pancras

The British Library is redefining its role as a provider of open access services and seeks a specialist to support the development of a scholarly communications strategy to meet the needs of a global research audience. While the focus of the British Library is on the UK, the scholarly communications ecosystem is global and we are seeking new ways to contribute and sustain it in partnership with relevant national and international organisations. Working closely with the Scholarly Communications Lead and the Repository Services Lead, the post holder will report on open access trends, evaluate emerging scholarly communications technologies and contribute to day-to-day repository workflows. The post will be based in the Research Services department that includes similar roles focusing on research data and discovery services.

The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge and experience of the scholarly communication environment, in particular with regards to open access and the funder policy environment. They will understand the needs of researchers and research organisations with respect to scholarly communication and the use of repositories. They will also be an excellent communicator with the ability to effectively present information to different audiences.

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: 21 October 2018

Interview date: 7 November 2018

Disability Confident

Description: employer_small (3)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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