Job Posting: Head of Digital Scholarship

Head of Digital Scholarship
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Location London, St Pancras
Position Type Permanent
Salary £67,998 p.a. (more may be available for an exceptional candidate)
This is a unique role in one of the world’s leading national research libraries. At a time of rapid change in scholarly communication, you’ll be shaping the British Library’s digital scholarship strategy to ensure that we offer the same high-quality support for researchers using digital resources as we do for those using traditional media. You will also be developing innovative ways to maximise access to our priceless collections for future generations of researchers. This includes resource discovery and delivery and integrating digital and digitised formats.
You’ll lead the digital curator team and the Library’s collections digitisation strategy, developing sustainable models for providing digital content and services to scholars and enhancing our provision across visual arts, music, sound and moving image, e-manuscripts and cartographic and topographic materials. We’ll also expect you to raise our profile on the international stage by contributing to the global debate on digital scholarship in the arts and humanities and social sciences.
We need a visionary thinker with strong management skills and an in-depth understanding of the needs of researchers and how to meet them in a digital environment, coupled with an impressive grasp of the potential of new technology, including mobile. This could have been gained in a major overseas education centre or within an arts and humanities or social sciences department of a major university. Above all, you’ll have the passion to develop our strategy into a world-class digital research experience.
To arrange a discussion about this vacancy, please email your contact details to Graham Shaw at
Closing date: 28 October 2010. First stage interviews will take place on 8 November 2010. Second stage interviews will take place on 24 November 2010.