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The British Library CEO Roley Keating
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    I worked at The British Library full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful institution with some great staff and great projects. I was proud to work there. Some good managers. Good work/life balance but I see that changing as massive cuts bite and over-ambitious CEO piles more and more new projects onto less staff.

    Cons

    Woeful senior management, lack of real strategy and clear decision making leads to paralysis. A lot of time-servers that need to modernise or move on. Constant restructuring CEO seems to have forgotten a library is essentially a research centre

    Advice to Management

    Get some focus, preferably on research users rather than just Twitter users


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    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at The British Library.

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Website www.bl.uk
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
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Where else would J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series share shelf space with the first edition of The Canterbury Tales? The British Library houses the UK's national collection of books and music, as does the Library of Congress in the US. Its collection of more than 150 million items includes a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland, as well as many rare and historic works. The British Library was created by Act of Parliament in 1972, which combined several national archives under a single administration. The library is funded by the Department of ... More

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