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Assistant Repository Services Specialist

Vacancy Details

Salary: BSP £23,250 and STP £26,000 per annum
Location: Boston Spa or St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent or Fixed Term
Vacancy Group: Chief Librarians Portfolio
Category: Cataloguers, Reference and Research
Closing Date: 21/09/2021
Date Posted: 08/09/2021
Reference: 03809



Full Time, Fixed Term for 12 Months


Applications are invited for an exciting and interesting role to support UK heritage organisations in sharing their research. The British Library’s Shared Research Repository allows galleries, libraries archives and museums in the UK to make their publications and data openly available. Currently five partners use the repository, and over the next 12 months, the Assistant Repository Services Specialist will enable more partners to join the platform. 


As the Assistant Repository Services Specialist, you will work within the Repository Services Team to manage the shared repository, and take responsibility for bringing in a number of new partner organisations, helping them to identify and load theirresearch content, while ensuring best practice and repository policies are followed. You will also support training and professional development of our colleagues at partner organisations, allowing transfer of ongoing responsibility for repository administration after the on-boarding period.


You will have experience of working with and managing research outputs and metadata in a research repository, in support of open research principles. Proven partnership and relation management skills are also required, as well as an ability to learn how to work with new technical tools, and ultimately pass that knowledge on to your colleagues.


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.


Other benefits include:

•           Employee Assistance Programme

•           Health Care Plan

•           Interest Free Season Ticket Loans

•           Cycle to Work Scheme

•           Subsidised staff restaurant.


For an informal discussion, please contact Rachael Kotarski (

Closing Date: 21 September 2021

Interview Date: 7 October 2021


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:03809




Closing date: 21 September 2021


Interview date: 7 October 2021

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