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Digital Services Specialist

Vacancy Details

Salary: £29,000 BSP - £32,000 STP
Location: Boston Spa or St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Chief Librarians Portfolio
Category: Cataloguers, Reference and Research
Closing Date: 02/10/2022
Date Posted: 05/09/2022
Reference: 04232


Full Time, Fixed Term Contract


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Research Infrastructure Services team, focused on the development of the British Library’s Shared Repository Service for galleries, libraries, archives and museums ( Over the last four years, the Service has become firmly established with our pilot participating organisations and we are now seeking to expand it to new partners.


As Digital Services Specialist, your communication and relationship management skills will be extremely important, as you will work with stakeholders within the British Library and at our partner organisations. You will help British Library colleagues to make their research outputs openly accessible. You will also be the first point of contact for current partners with queries, and will lead the onboarding of new partners joining the service, helping them identify and prepare content for their repository. Additionally, you will work with our technical supplier to ensure the platform is up to date, testing upgrades and developments where necessary and liaising with other organisations in the open source Samvera community.


The role requires a good understanding of the scholarly landscape, which you will have acquired either through academic study, or through professional experience of working with research outputs (through e-resources databases, content management systems or repositories). You will work closely with the Repository Services Lead to help shape and deliver an innovative and important service to the cultural heritage sector.


This role is a fixed-term until June 2023 in the first instance, with the possibility to extend, depending on budgetary allowances.

For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: 04232

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.


Closing date: 2 October 2022

Interview date: 11 October 2022


We are unable to provide sponsorship under the UK Skilled Worker visa for this role, as it does not meet the eligibility criteria required for this immigration route


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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



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