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Metadata specialist

Vacancy Details

Salary: £23,250 Per Annum
Location: Boston Spa
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Chief Librarians Portfolio
Category: Information Technology and Development
Closing Date: 12/02/2023
Date Posted: 30/01/2023
Reference: 04409


Full Time, Permanent

The role provides an exciting opportunity to join the British Library's metadata teams at Boston Spa. You will be creating, editing and manipulating metadata for print and digital publications, and their creators and contributors.  You will have opportunities to work across different teams, with different workflows, as part of your ongoing development. The resources received include Legal Deposit, purchased and donated material for the  British Library's rich collections, The role can also involve quality assurance and supporting training across the department. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to contribute to the development of cataloguing policies and processes, and workflow improvements at team and departmental level.

The posts require commitment and focus when applying or checking relevant international cataloguing standards in accordance with departmental policies and procedures. Knowledge and experience of RDA, MARC21, DDC and FAST would be an advantage.  In addition, experience of balancing quality and quantity in a bibliographic environment; focusingon detail whilst prioritising work to meet both personal and team targets is required in the role. You will also have excellent IT skills, and be able to communicate effectively, internally and externally, whether in person or in writing, with colleagues at various levels from trainees to department heads and external customers when discussing and representing your team.

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 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:04409

Closing date: 12 February 2023

Interview date: WC 20 February 2023

We are able to provide sponsorship under the UK Skilled Worker visa for this role, as it does meet the eligibility criteria required for this immigration route

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