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Scholarly Communications Lead

Vacancy Details

Salary: £39,000 (London) / £35,750 (Yorkshire)
Location: Boston Spa or St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Chief Librarians Portfolio
Category: Metadata, Operations and Strategy
Closing Date: 15/08/2021
Date Posted: 15/07/2021
Reference: 03730


Scholarly Communications Lead

SALARY £39,000 (London) / £35,750 (Yorkshire)



London, St Pancras or Boston Spa, Yorkshire


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 its partners in the UK and beyond. 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 areseeking new ways to contribute and sustain it in partnership with relevant national and international organisations. Working closely with the BL’s Head of Content and 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 is 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.


The British Library has a positive approach to working flexibly to accommodate the work/life balance and wellbeing of its employees by offering hybrid or remote working agreements alongside the Library’s flexible working hours scheme. The flexible working scheme itself could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in each 3 month period.


Other benefits include:

  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Health Care Plan
  • Interest Free Season Ticket Loans
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Subsidised staff restaurant



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 20.9%. 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.


More about the British Library

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

For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: 03730

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