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Wikimedian in Residence

Vacancy Details

Salary: £32,000(SP)£29,000(BSP) per ann pro ra
Location: Boston Spa or St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 10/08/2020
Date Posted: 09/16/2020
Reference: 03423


Part Time 2.5 days per week, Fixed Term (12 months)

Are you passionate about helping people and organisations build and preserve open knowledge to share and use freely? Have you got experience organising online events, workshops and training sessions?

In collaboration with Wikimedia UK, the British Library is delivering a programme of activities for staff and volunteers, to contribute and improve content, data, and metadata, across the Wikimedia family of platforms. To assist us with this work, we are looking for a Wikimedian in Residence to join our team, on a part-time basis (18 hours per week) for 12 months.

Since hosting a successful Wikipedian in Residence in 2012, staff across the British Library have regularly engaged with Wikimedia projects, holding edit-a-thons, and contributing digital collections to Wikimedia Commons. Now, with generous funding from the Eccles Centre for American Studies (, we are looking for a proactive and self-motivated individual who can coordinate and support these activities, while spearheading the development of new, innovative projects in emerging areas, especially Wikidata, Wikibase and Wikisource.

Based in the Digital Research Team ( and working closely with the Library’s collections and curatorial teams, the Wikimedian in Residence will be responsible for facilitating and developing a sustainable relationship between the British Library, Wikimedia UK and the Wikimedia community through a range of activities, both internal and public-facing.

This post will play a critical role in growing online audiences and enhancing their experience of our online collections and stories. As our Wikimedian, your work will lead to increased visibility and enrichment of data, collections, and research materials we hold about underrepresented populations. You’ll design and deliver Wikimedia-related events, for members of the public, researchers and staff, to foster stronger networks, for sharing knowledge, expertise and research interests.

Joining us, you’ll have experience and knowledge of creating and editing articles on Wikipedia. You’ll be familiar with the ethos and aims of the Wikimedia community and cultural heritage organisations. Ideally our candidate will also have a good knowledge of, and demonstrable practical experience in contributing to, the breadth of Wikimedia projects, particularly Wikidata and Wikibase.

Experience of organising and running events, workshops or training sessions is essential, along with an understanding of issues related to copyright and intellectual property. It is also important that you will be comfortable working with a variety of different stakeholders, bringing a diplomatic and relationship-building approach to the work.

Please note the role will initially work remotely in light of the current situation with COVID 19, however as the Library continues with the reoccupation process, it is likely that the role will be a mixture of remote and on site working.

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. At present we have well over 170 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 make our collections and programmes available to all. 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 by anyone, anywhere.

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 a minimum of 20.6% (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: 03423

Closing date: 8 October 2020

Interview date: 23 October 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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