Head of Library and Information Services

  • Job Reference: 00001149-1
  • Date Posted: 14 September 2021
  • Recruiter: The James Hutton Institute
  • Location: Aberdeen (Craigiebuckler) or Dundee (Invergowrie)
  • Salary: £38,442
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

The James Hutton Institute is an independent research organisation delivering science on land, crops, natural resources and people, to benefit future generations in Scotland, the wider UK and internationally.

Following the retirement of the incumbent, we are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and experienced Head of Library and Information Services to continue the significant contributions the role makes to the provision of knowledge services and to support research activities within Hutton.  You will report to the Director of Finance & Company Secretary, and have strong links to the Executive Director of Science.

Supported by an Assistant Librarian, the Head is responsible for the delivery of a wide range of physical and online library resources and knowledge services that supports both Hutton colleagues and those external to the Institute. Library and information services are an increasingly critical enabler to the successful delivery of Institute’s research activities, set within the context of an ambitious Open Science agenda and with a need to sustain and grow a professionally-led focus on Open Access, Open Data, research data management and publications management. 

You will manage the libraries and archives at our Craigiebuckler and Invergowrie sites, as well as being responsible for the procurement, development and maintenance of a variety of print and online resources, helping to deliver the Institute’s research strategy and Plan S compliance.

The role works closely with the Executive Director of Science, Hutton’s Open Science Champions, and the IT Department in supporting Open Science activities.  The role will promote and progress awareness of Open Science and support the development of the necessary information management and reporting infrastructure, including Hutton’s eOutputs publications database and the Research Scotland Repository, jointly-developed with other Scottish Government funded and affiliated research organisations.  Library and Information Services are also responsible for designing and delivering training and support materials to members of the science teams on generic tools and practices including Open Access, Bibliometrics, ORCID, Altmetric, EndNote, Web of Science and Mendeley. 

The successful applicant will have significant experience in a similar research or academic environment and ideally possess a professional qualification in Library and Information Management. This represents an exciting opportunity to step into a role with considerable autonomy and great scope to further develop a key role for the Hutton at a time when the nature of the function continues to develop rapidly.

The role may be based at either our Aberdeen (Craigiebuckler) or Dundee (Invergowrie) site, with some travel to the other location as necessary. An appropriate degree of remote working may be possible.

The Company

The James Hutton Institute combines strengths in crops, soils and land use and environmental research, and makes a major contribution to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security, and developing and promoting effective technological and management solutions to these.

James Hutton (1726 – 1797) was a leading figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, an eighteenth century golden age of intellectual and scientific achievements centred on Edinburgh. He is internationally regarded as the founder of modern geology and one of the first scientists to describe the Earth as a living system. His thinking on natural selection influenced Charles Darwin in developing his theory of evolution.

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Closing date: 29th September 2021