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Sounds Migration Rights Officer

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Management
Closing Date: 09/15/2019
Date Posted: 08/19/2019
Reference: 02855


Full Time, Fixed Term – 6 months


Grade: C

Salary: £26,000


This is an opportunity to contribute to the British Library’s high profile Save our Sounds programme, which will preserve and transform access to the nation’s most at-risk and vulnerable audio collections. The post will work across the SoS programme and with different teams across the Library to help deliver the programme’s aims and objectives. The programme will digitally preserve almost half a million sound recordings, establish a network of ten audio archiving centres across the UK and create a new website allowing online access to 100,000 recordings.


With experience of rights clearance, GDPR, and an understanding of copyright law in relation to sound recordings, you will be responsible for contacting rights owners to seek permission for online dissemination of digitised recordings, following agreed Library processes, and assessing and assigning the rights status for existing online collections to be transferred to the new website built within the programme. You will work to identify data protection and sensitivity issues within sound recordings following agreed Library policies and consider what actions are needed to clear or remove sensitive content prior to dissemination. Working with accuracy and attention to detail, you will maintain clear records of actions taken and ensure that the rights status and any access restrictions are reflected accurately in collection metadata and in Library systems.


The post-holder will have good knowledge of IPR issues and legislation and will be able to demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.


As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At present 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.


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 26.6% (this may be higher dependant on grade) . 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.


For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: COL02855

Closing Date: 15th September


Interview Date: 27th September

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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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