Sally Halper

Sally Harper British Library
Interim Head of Content & Research Services
Devising and implementing service and content strategies, management theory, librarianship
Sally Halper leads the Content & Research Services Department, which is a large department responsible for content acquisitions and processing, content strategy and selection, and developing and running a range of services for researchers and research organisations. She reports to Liz Jolly, the Chief Librarian.

Sally’s role focuses on strategy development and implementation, specifically leading on the British Library’s Content Strategy – covering our contemporary published collections, and how people can access and use them. This involves working closely with the Head of Collections & Curation, Content Strategy Steering Group and a range of people across the Library, to drive forward implementation.

As a member of the British Library’s Strategic Leadership Team, Sally contributes to the strategic thinking and join-up of activities across the Library. 

Sally’s academic background is in business and management, a subject interest she maintains. She is also a Chartered Librarian (MCLIP) and member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Before joining the British Library in 2007, Sally managed information services and websites for The Work Foundation, the Tavistock Institute, Corven Consulting (now part of Oliver Wyman), and Ealing Council. Sally is motivated by her belief in libraries as a force for good in people’s lives, both onsite and online.