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Head of Library

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Salary: Grade 6, 7 or 8; depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th August 2019
Closes: 20th September 2019
Job Ref: HD01604

About the team/job

EMBL is Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental, innovative and interdisciplinary organisation performing scientific research in molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. With more than 1800 employees from more than 80 nations we are operating across six sites; the headquarter is located in Heidelberg (Germany) with sites in Barcelona (Spain), Hinxton near Cambridge (United Kingdom), Hamburg (Germany), Grenoble (France) and Rome (Italy).

We are looking for the Head of the EMBL Library, who will be responsible for the management of the EMBL Szilard Library in Heidelberg. The Library is a scientific library with extensive on-line resources and databases. It serves all staff working across EMBL sites, especially the 900 scientists. The Library team of two enjoys supporting researchers in a pro-active and flexible manner within the context of a very international research organization. The Library is responsible for the delivery of EMBL’s Open Access policy and is heavily involved in developments in Open Science across EMBL.

Your role

The successful applicant will have overall responsibility for the Library, including management of a librarian and the resources. The range of duties includes:

  • Managing resources (electronic & printed resources, webpages, physical facilities) and budget
  • Helping deliver and promote open access in the organisation in a time of flux
  • Supporting the research information system Converis for publications
  • Developing strategic planning for the Library
  • Developing a communication plan for the library and ensure good communication about its services
  • Keeping up to date with latest library and related IT developments, including reviewing library software and database tools
  • Being a point of contact on matters related to licencing and copyright
  • Liaising with external bodies (e.g. institutions, national/international consortia, publishers)
  • Collaborating with relevant EMBL parties (e.g. the Library Committee, EMBL scientists, EMBL Administration, IT Services, the EMBL Archive) for the planning and delivery of projects, as required
  • Organising, evaluating and disseminating information for management and the scientific community
  • Providing appropriate training and responding to users’ enquiries

You have

The following qualifications and skills are essential:

  • A university degree or an equivalent qualification and be qualified either as Librarian or Information Scientist
  • Ideally a minimum of five years work experience in a specialist or academic library
  • Ideally several years of experience in managing staff
  • Knowledge of the scholarly communication process, including preprints and research data sharing practices
  • Knowledge of bibliometric tools and responsible metrics
  • Knowledge of and interest in Open Science. Experience in managing open access processes and licences
  • Experience of negotiating with publishers
  • Good language skills including strong English, while a working knowledge of German is desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a pro-active attitude and being a team worker

You might also have

  • Coding skills for HTML, XML and a scripting language
  • Experience of organising training for users
  • A proven ability to deliver projects
  • Some knowledge of biology would be an asset

Experience with research information systems (CRIS) would be an asset.

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