7.24.17 – Director Library & Digital Services
British Council, Southeast Asia
Sarah P’s comments: This is the second job this year from the British Council which is rare. (Search British Council to see other earlier posting.)
Are you passionate about the future of libraries? Are you looking for an opportunity to create a global 21st Century Digital Library?
About the Company
The British Council is looking to recruit a Director of Libraries and Digital Spaces, South Asia. The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, creating friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. The British Council South Asia region consists of a diverse range of political and economic environments, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Over the last few years, the region has led a revolutionary and innovative approach to re-opening and transforming existing libraries as cultural convening centres. There are now 17 libraries across South Asia (9 in India, 4 in Sri Lanka, 2 in Pakistan and 2 in Bangladesh) which have a total membership of approximately100,000.
What you’ll be doing
The British Council has a far-reaching vision for the future of libraries in South Asia. This ambitious strategy will be to launch a new digital library membership and content proposition across the region. The vision is to provide 5 million South Asians with access to knowledge and cultural resources through a new digital library; this will double membership and increase footfall by 300%. You will be building on the rich, cultural history of libraries in South Asia while developing a keen sense for tomorrow’s needs of the library services.
This is a newly created and exciting opportunity for a Director of Libraries and Digital Spaces. Based in South Asia, you will be creating and implementing the library strategy across the region including leading a team of library specialists who will help deliver key objectives. As well as leadership of the sites you will also be responsible for managing a complex budget for the libraries and key programmes.
One of the key challenges of the role will be to transform the current library offering, breaking out of the current bricks and mortar to operating in a virtual space. You will deliver this transformational change through marketing analysis and insight and working collaboratively with country, regional and global colleagues to ensure insights are embedded in decision-making processes and strategies.
Why you’ll be hired
Applications are invited from individuals with a demonstrable track record in digital transformation change within libraries and information. The successful candidate will have a strong reputation for expertise and knowledge of modern libraries and what makes them successful. You will also have proven leadership abilities and excellent communication skills to develop and manage relationships with stakeholders. A passion for all things digital and the future of libraries is essential.
Why you should apply
This is a unique opportunity to work internationally with a leading cultural organisation to create a 21st Century library and take the lead on an exciting digital transformation change project. You will work autonomously to manage the strategy, engage with stakeholders and develop solutions at this exciting time for the British Council libraries. This role will contribute enormously to the future of libraries globally. If you are passionate about developing libraries and have a vision for how digital library services will operate in the future – this is not an opportunity to be missed.
The Director of Libraries and Digital Spaces role is located in South Asia, ideally in New Delhi but there are options for those based locally to work in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India or Sri Lanka.
The role is pitched as an initial 3 year contract. In return you will receive a competitive salary, plus generous mobility package and attractive benefits offer.