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The British Library Overview

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Website www.bl.uk
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown
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 ... More

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The British Library CEO Roley Keating
Roley Keating
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    flagging national treasure

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


    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.


    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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    Reasons for Declining

    First impression did not seem to fit my personal preferences.

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