BL Scholarly Communications Toolkit | British Library Research Repository

A series of introductory guides to different aspects of scholarly communications, and editable files so you can adjust the content to one’s own organisation’s needs.

Includes:

A Guide to Publishing Research
A Guide to Sharing Your Research Online
A Guide to Research Data Management
A Guide to Copyright and Creative Commons in Research
A Guide to Open Access

 

 

George III’s maps and views: 32,000 images released on Flickr Commons – Maps and views blog

“In October 2020 we released 17,000 images of maps and views from George III’s Topographical Collection on the images-sharing site Flickr Commons, which seems to have kept you busy. 

Well, from today, you can find an additional 32,000 images, comprising George III’s collection of atlases and albums of views, plans, diagrams, reports and surveys, produced between 1550 and 1820. These have been uploaded to Flickr with a Public Domain attribution for you to search, browse, download, reuse, study and enjoy….”

Job: Scholarly Communications Lead @ British Library

Scholarly Communications Lead

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

FULL TIME

 PERMANENT

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 www.bl.uk/careers quoting vacancy ref: 03730

Making two million images freely available online – Living Knowledge blog

“Ten years ago the British Library and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development started exploring possible areas of collaboration. For some time the British Library had been working on an international engagement strategy to make our collections more accessible in partnership with other organisations.

Fast forward to 2021, and our partnership with the Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Library has gone from strength to strength, this week hitting the major milestone of making our two millionth image freely available online via the Qatar Digital Library.

Under the British Library’s Living Knowledge strategy we have sought new partnerships and collaborations, particularly when it comes to digitisation and digital scholarship.  Our aim is to open up the collections to a global audience and the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership is a prime example of this endeavour….”

 

On the verge of success – or failure? Reflections on repositories and the wider library knowledge infrastructure (and a bit about Hyku). | ID: 712a1039-373d-43d8-86db-fd5f08173ec3 | Hyku UP

“With the breakthrough of the open science and research information management agenda repositories appear to have succeeded. Libraries, declared dead by some in a digital information environment, see their role now increasingly as provider of services for open research. Yet not all is as well as it seems. On the one hand, many institutions struggle to properly maintain their infrastructure and provide a good user experience. On the other hand, closed commercial services dazzle users but are a risk to transparency and openness. In this presentation I want to discuss some of the wider challenges I see for knowledge infrastructure services and talk about some relevant activities I am currently involved in – including the experiences of the British Library with using the Samvera-based Hyku solution for a shared repository service….”

On the verge of success – or failure? Reflections on repositories and the wider library knowledge infrastructure (and a bit about Hyku). | ID: 712a1039-373d-43d8-86db-fd5f08173ec3 | Hyku UP

“With the breakthrough of the open science and research information management agenda repositories appear to have succeeded. Libraries, declared dead by some in a digital information environment, see their role now increasingly as provider of services for open research. Yet not all is as well as it seems. On the one hand, many institutions struggle to properly maintain their infrastructure and provide a good user experience. On the other hand, closed commercial services dazzle users but are a risk to transparency and openness. In this presentation I want to discuss some of the wider challenges I see for knowledge infrastructure services and talk about some relevant activities I am currently involved in – including the experiences of the British Library with using the Samvera-based Hyku solution for a shared repository service….”

The K.Top: 18,000 digitised maps and views released – Maps and views blog

“Today we release 18,000 digital images of historic maps, views and texts from the Topographical Collection of King George III into the public domain.

The collection has been digitised as part of a seven-year project to catalogue, conserve and digitise the collection which was presented to the Nation in 1823 by King George IV. This is the first of two planned image releases.

The images are made available on the image sharing site Flickr, which links to fully searchable catalogue records on Explore the British Library….”

Repositories Community and Engagement Lead

“The British Library is recruiting a Project Lead to take forward its work and commitments for the Arcadia-funded Advancing Hyku project. Samvera Hyku is the Open Source platform that the British Library has chosen for its research repository. A year into development of the repository, the Library is working with the University of Virginia and Ubiquity Press to push forward developments in the software to allow wider uptake of Hyku as a repository solution.

 

 

 

The Repositories Community and Engagement Lead will be responsible for the Library’s commitments to the project and working in close collaboration with the project partners. They will work with colleagues across the British Library to ensure timely delivery of project outcomes. They will also lead substantial engagement activities with the Samvera Hyku community and the wider Open Science community to ensure their priorities are reflected in the project deliverables. As part of this engagement, some travel will be required.

 

 

 

Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the repository landscape and experience in managing repository technologies. They will have proven project management experience and show an ability to push forward work within their own area of expertise. They should also be able to call on excellent oral and written communication skills to support their community engagement and relationship management experience, especially when working with senior stakeholders.

 

 

 

Full details of the responsibilities of the post, and essential requirements can be found in the Job Profile….”

British Library Shared Research Repository launched in beta – Living Knowledge blog

“The Shared Repository, currently a beta service, brings together the openly available research outputs produced by staff and research associates of six cultural and heritage organisations: the British Library; the British Museum; MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology); National Museums Scotland; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and Tate. Each partner has their own repository and is responsible for their own content, but users can also explore the combined content using the shared search from the homepage. Articles, book chapters, datasets, exhibition texts, conference presentations, blogs and many more types of our research are now discoverable and downloadable by researchers worldwide. The repository currently holds just a selection of outputs to give a flavour of our research activities, with many more to be added in the coming months….”

Happy anniversary to the Polonsky Project – Medieval manuscripts blog

“Today is the one-year anniversary of the launch of our collaborative interpretative and digitisation project with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200.  A year ago we met in Paris as part of a three-day international conference to celebrate two new bilingual websites that provide unprecedented access to some of the riches of our two national collections.  Thanks to generous funding from The Polonsky Foundation, each Library digitised 400 manuscripts made in either England or France before the year 1200.  You can view all 800 of them on a website hosted by the BnF, and if you wish, select two or more to examine side by side (view the digitised manuscripts on the BnF website).  …”

Open and Engaged 2019

“Forging links between higher education and cultural heritage to foster open scholarship.

Open and Engaged returns for its second year in celebration of International Open Access Week. This one day event looks to explore how higher education and cultural heritage institutions can better work together to improve the transition to open access and practices supporting open scholarship more broadly.

The event will run from 11:00 to 16:00 and will feature two keynotes, three parallel sessions and a panel. The parallel sessions will look at open collections and their impact, accessibility and inclusive design, and the cost of images in research publications.

Open and Engaged will be held in the British Library’s Knowledge Centre….”

Hyku Open Source Institutional Repository Development partnership awarded $1M Arcadia grant to improve open scholarship infrastructure | UVA Library News and Announcements

“The University of Virginia is pleased to announce a two-year award in the amount of $1,000,000 from Arcadia—a charitable fund of philanthropists Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin—in support of the “Advancing Hyku: Open Source Institutional Repository Platform Development” project.

Through this project, the University of Virginia and its partner institutions—Ubiquity Press and the British Library—will support the growth of open access through institutional repositories. Working with the global open infrastructure community, the partners will introduce significant structural improvements and new features to the Samvera Community’s Hyku Institutional Repository platform….”