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Advancing Hyku Project Lead

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Salary: £39,000(STP) £35,750(BSP) pa pro rata
Location: Boston Spa or St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: COL
Category: Collection Management
Closing Date: 29/01/2020
Date Posted: 13/01/2020
Reference: 03187


Part Time, 18 hours per week. Fixed term contract for 18 months. Location either Boston Spa or St Pancras

The British Library is recruiting a Project Lead to take forward its work and commitments for the Arcadia-funded Advancing Hyku project. Samvera Hyku is the Open Source platform that the British Library has chosen for its research repository. A year into development of the repository, the Library is working with the University of Virginia and Ubiquity Press to push forward developments in the software to allow wider uptake of Hyku as a repository solution.

The Advancing Hyku Project Lead will be responsible for the Library’s commitments to the project and working in close collaboration with the project partners. They will work with colleagues across the British Library to ensure timely delivery of project outcomes. They will also lead substantial engagement activities with the Samvera Hyku community and the wider Open Science community to ensure their priorities are reflected in the project deliverables. As part of this engagement, some travel will be required.

Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the repository landscape and experience in managing repository technologies. They will have proven project management experience and show an ability to push forward work within their own area of expertise. They should also be able to call on excellent oral and written communication skills to support their community engagement and relationship management experience, especially when working with senior stakeholders.

Full details of the responsibilities of the post, and essential requirements can be found in the Job Profile.

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: 03187.

Closing date: 29 January 2020

Interview date: 18 February 202

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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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