Information Advisor (Copyright and Licensing), Digital & Information Services (LIB216A)

This vacancy provides an excellent opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced candidate to help the University of Aberdeen develop an important new copyright and licensing advisory service. The Information Advisor (Copyright and Licensing), based in the University Library and part of the Digital and Information Services Directorate, will develop the University’s Copyright Literacy Strategy to enhance copyright education and advice services offered across the University. They will liaise with colleagues to provide a valuable addition to services in key areas including use of digital resources to support teaching, online reading lists, Open Access and Scholarly Communications as well as providing specialist support to staff and students across the university.

School/Section: Digital & Information Services
Division: Unspecified
Staff Category: Academic
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £34,304 - £40,927
Ref No: LIB216A
Closing Date: 25-JAN-2022


Job Description

The postholder will work within the Library’s Teaching, Liaison and Consultancy Team and also with colleagues across the Directorate and other relevant University professional teams. They will also work closely with academics and students to improve levels of copyright literacy and ensure teaching, learning and research is of the highest standard. The postholderwill ensure services such as the reading list system and digitisation service comply with copyright and licensing requirements. They will develop an understanding of copyright risk management and provide support to decision makers.

The role is within the Teaching, Liaison and Consultancy Team in Library Services, which is part of the University’s Directorate of Digital & Information Services (DIS). DIS sits within Professional Services which has approximately 1,500 staff providing support to student, academic and other corporate and areas.

As an initial high priority, the post holder will lead on the development and delivery of a new University Copyright Literacy Strategy, including policies, training, tools and other support services to ensure the University meets its copyright obligations. The postholder will pioneer the provision of a copyright advisory service within the Library to ensure resources and services are used in accordance with copyright and licensing terms. They will act as the primary source of advice and support on relevant copyright matters and will work closely with Library colleagues to build a wider understanding of copyright across the directorate to support the wider University.

This will include interpretation of copyright law and licensing terms, rights retention strategies and licensing non-traditional outputs, use of copyright exceptions for education and research purposes, copyright in the online environment, and copyright in relation to Open Access and Scholarly Communications. They will create and develop appropriate copyright support materials (print, electronic, video and social media), provide education and training to library colleagues and service users (academic staff and students), promote the service and provide enquiry support.

You will be an enthusiastic, experienced communicator, administrator and team-worker with a highly professional approach to service management and customer care. Educated to degree level (or equivalent qualification), you should have experience of managing copyright and scholarly licensing issues in a customer-facing library or education environment and be motivated by the opportunity to take a lead role in service innovation.

You will have experience of preparing and delivering teaching and training in a professional information environment along with effective digital skills enabling a rapid understanding of specialist library and learning systems and the ability to train and empower a broad range of people in the use of digital services.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale (£34,304 - £40,927) and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and probation period.

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This role is based in the UK and as such the successful candidate will be required to live and work in the UK.

 The candidate appointed to this post may be eligible for homeworking on an occasional or regular basis.  For more information, please refer to our Homeworking Policy.

This post does not meet the minimum requirements for visa sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route. We are therefore unable to consider applicants for this post that require sponsorship to work in the UK. 

Online application forms are available at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 25 January 2022

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Claire Molloy,

Information Consultant  

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Claire Molloy

Please quote reference number LIB216A on all correspondence

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