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Scholarly Communications Lead

Vacancy Details

Salary: £39,000 (STP) or £35,750 (BSP) per ann
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Cataloguers, Reference and Research
Closing Date: 09/29/2019
Date Posted: 09/04/2019
Reference: 02864



Full Time, Permanent


Location: St Pancras and/or Boston Spa


The British Library is seeking to appoint a Scholarly Communications Lead to help redefine its role as a provider of open access services to its global research audience and the UK Higher Education sector. The post holder will maintain our scholarly communications strategy and work with colleagues across the Library and with external partners to implement it, in particular with regards to open access services (including preservation, discovery and enhanced analytics/text and data mining). While the focus of the British Library is on the UK, the scholarly communications 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 BL’s Head of Research Services the post holder will represent the Library internationally, offering an exciting opportunity to influence the development of the global scholarly communications and open access ecosystem. The post will be part of a team that includes similar roles focusing on data, discovery and repository services.


The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge and experience of the scholarly communication environment, in particular with regards to open access. They will have experience in interpreting the national and international scholarly communications landscape into policies with consideration of their impact on researchers and research organisations. The successful applicant will also have recent experience of scholarly communications workflows, and a broad understanding of the wider ecosystem, including relevant sector bodies and organisations, infrastructures and systems. The ability to confidently represent the British Library externally are as relevant to this position as the ability to work collaboratively and constructively in a matrix environment, including strong communication and influencing 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: 02864.

Closing Date:   29th September 2019


Interview Date: 18th October 2019

Closing Date:   29th September 2019


Interview Date: 18th October 2019

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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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Contact Name: Employee Services
Telephone: 01937 882030
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