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Digital Transformation in Public Libraries Project Officer

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Management
Closing Date: 01/24/2020
Date Posted: 01/09/2020
Reference: 03184


Full Time, Fixed Term until April 2021


We are seeking a talented individual to join our small team helping shape the digital transformation of the United Kingdom’s public libraries. The British Library has led discussions on how Public Libraries can better use digital technology since the launch of the ‘Single Digital Presence’ project in February 2018. We are now embarking on an exciting phase of work that seeks to turn a vision for change into reality. Over the next 17 months, we will be undertaking a significant and sustained period of user testing and consultation, exploring a number of interventions aimed at improving how people interact with their library online, and proposing a series of technological interventions that will help us achieve this.  Further details on our work can be found here:


As project officer, you will be central to both guiding our vision and making it a reality. Your role will encompass conducting high-quality research in support of the project’s objectives, as well as formulating and drafting a number of written documents, including research papers, project briefings and policy guidelines. You will also advocate the project to a broad range of stakeholders from public libraries, local and national government and key policymakers in the arts and heritage sector. The role will also include project support administration and secretariat duties.


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 higherdependant 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: 03184


Closing date: 24/01/2020


Interview date: 04/02/2020

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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 Recruitment
Telephone: 01937 882030
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