Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21) is a programme running until July 2024 that aims to mobilise the potential of Europe’s knowledge institutions, particularly libraries, to engage with others across the spectrum of the access to knowledge movement to build momentum towards long term copyright reform that benefits library users and researchers in the 21st century. For more see: https://www.knowledgerights21.org/ . To assist with the delivery of their Programme KR21 is seeking to put in place a network of National Coordinators across Europe.
The Library Association of Ireland (LAI) represents libraries and librarians in Ireland. Key areas of activity include professional standards, advocacy, professional development, networking and research and education. For more see: https://www.libraryassociation.ie/
LAI/KR21 Ireland National Coordinator
The LAI is seeking expressions of interest from freelancers/independent consultants to act as the Irish KR21 National Coordinator (NC). The NC will make a vital contribution to the success of the KR21 programme at the national and regional level, developing the networks, contacts and understanding necessary to catalyse change. Based in Ireland the NC will be expected to:
- Represent the KR21 Programme on a national and regional level with a particular emphasis on issues relating to ebooks but with due regard for other aspects of the KR21 Programme
- Establish relationships with key stakeholders inside and outside of the library field on the national and regional level, thus creating national networks and participating in the creation of regional and European networks;
- Support and cooperate with the programme in the implementation of KR21 work on the national and regional level, in particular around advocacy;
- Proactively identify and seize opportunities for national engagement and achievement of the Programme’s goals, while also responding to the needs of wider partners in the programme;
- Supporting the Programme Secretariat in other issues related with KR21 implementation, working with the Programme’s Network Expert;
- Conducting other Programme-related tasks as appropriate, including aiding in gathering or sourcing information to support research.
- The successful candidate/organisation will work closely with the KR21 Programme Secretariat and in liaison with the Policy Committee.
The LAI is seeking successful freelances/independent consultants who are self-starters with a flexible approach, able to manage the workload efficiently, offering:
- Knowledge of copyright law and copyright policy issues in relation to the needs of libraries, research, education and culture, or familiarity with legal issues affecting the digital environment plus demonstrable ability to quickly get up to speed on any new topics;
- Strong networking and interpersonal skills and ability to establish efficient and sustainable national/regional networks of individuals and institutions working in the fields covered by the Programme;
- Good communication skills in English both in writing and public speaking, including ability to clearly explain complex topics in simple terms to different audiences;
- Ability to identify and take advantage of opportunities to engage in policy processes;
- Ability to think strategically about relationships and areas of work within national/regional context, helping to inform the overall direction of the Programme;
- Clear and timely communication, both internally with others working on the Programme, and externally with relevant stakeholders;
- Ability to manage a varied workload, crossing a number of sub-themes;
- Competence using standard office software suites and website content management systems.
Remuneration and Duration
The Irish National Coordinator will be taken on a part time basis, from 1-2 days per week depending on availability and workload. Financial remuneration will depend on the scope of work of the National Coordinator and with reference to average gross national wages.
Successful candidates or organisations will work from home, in close coordination and cooperation with the LAI and the Programme Secretariat in The Hague.
Interested freelancers/independent consultants should email their CV and motivation letter addressing the responsibilities and skills required for the position to email@example.com using “National Coordinator” in the subject line by 17.00 on Friday 17th Febaruary 2023.