Head of Library & Information Services

In the Crick's Information Technology Office.

Part of Crick Operations.

Deadline for applications has passed.

Key information

Job reference
Salary from £53,050
Applications closed
13 May 2022, 23:59 BST
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 25 April 2022

Head of Library and Information Services

Reports to: Chief Information Officer, ITO

This is a full-time, permanent position on Crick terms and conditions of employment.



This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the world’s leading research Institutes at a crucial time in its evolution, and play a definitive role in shaping it for the future.

The Information Technology Office (ITO) team within the Francis Crick Institute is responsible for the design, implementation and operation of all IT applications which manage the running of the institute, along with the publication and library services provided to scientists

The LIS team at the Crick have the following roles:

  • deliver user-centred scientific information services to Crick researchers
  • support the delivery of the Crick open access policy
  • promote open science
  • manage key research metadata about publications and researchers

The role reports to the Chief Information Officer, and has three direct reports.

We are looking for an experienced head of LIS who will continue the provision of knowledge services and support research activities within the Crick. Responsibilities include

  • managing the LIS team
  • developing new services & improve existing services to meet research needs
  • contributing as part of the ITO leadership team

The successful applicant will have a good understanding of open science and scholarly communication issues and be able to shape policy and services strategically, as well as deliver operationally.  They will be a confident communicator, able to identify opportunities to innovate and change, and ensure delivery of the right services for Crick staff.

The role has considerable autonomy and there is great scope to develop the role at a time when the nature of library and information services, and open science support, is developing rapidly.

Key responsibilities

These include but are not limited to:

  • Delivery of information services to support the needs of Crick staff – at the Crick, the majority of services are digital, with a very small physical collection and no dedicated library space
  • Shaping and implementation of effective policies for publication, open access and open science
  • Championing open science and best practice across the institute, and working closely with the Chief Data Officer on delivering ‘FAIR’ research data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable)
  • Procurement and management of information resources, including budgetary responsibility, working with senior scientists to ensure the offer meets the needs of the Crick community
  • Curating publication and research metadata for onward delivery via digital channels and management reporting
  • Working with the Chief Data Officer and Senior Scientists in the creation of strategic bibliometric measures
  • Implementing effective records archiving processes
  • Managing the historic book collection
  • Representing the Crick at external events and conferences on matters of publication and open science

Key experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: bold, open, and collegial, in addition to the following:


Qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, with significant professional experience in library, and or, information service setting, with considerable emphasis on digital services
  • Expert knowledge of the scholarly communication process, including open access routes, business models and preprints
  • Good knowledge of research data management best practice, and associated technologies
  • Good understanding of research data repositories and funder/publisher data policy, plus an understanding of the activities of prominent research data bodies such as the Research Data Alliance, Digital Curation Centre and others.
  • Ability to influence across the organisation to gain engagement, contribution and commitment from users and colleagues
  • Excellent service focus


Qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • Postgraduate library or information qualification
  • Experience in archives or records management within a research or academic environment
  • Experience in CRIS systems and ResearchFish

Prior line management experience