The Getty

  • Electronic and Digital Resources Cataloger

    Posted Date
    11 months ago(7/9/2018 4:14 PM)
    Requisition Number
    Regular Full-Time
    Position Status
    Getty Center
    GRI - 0419-Library Services
    Targeted Hiring Range
    $56,098.64 - $70,128.24 Annually
    Commensurate with experience and internal equity
  • Job Summary

    The Getty Research Institute (GRI) Research Library seeks a creative, forward-looking, collaborative, and service-oriented Electronic and Digital Resources Cataloger. The position reports to the Head of Library Technical Services and takes the lead in the workflows that establish and maintain discovery of and access to the library’s electronic and digitized resources. The position provides cataloging and bibliographic metadata related to internal and external electronic resources and locally digitized resources. The position also supports, as needed, the cataloging unit in a variety of print resource workflows. As a key member of a cross-unit electronic resources management team, the position communicates with various Library units for managing electronic resources in such functions as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, and user services. The position also collaborates internally regarding bibliographic metadata related to digitized resources. Review of applications will begin 11 March 2019 and all received before then will have priority. Please submit your cover letter in the same file with your resume.

    Major Job Responsibilities

    • Catalog electronic resources in OCLC or activate Alma Community Zone records for remote-access materials (e.g., web sites, databases, e-journals. e-books) and direct-access materials (e.g., DVDs, CD-ROMs)
    • Maintain bibliographic records for electronic and locally digitized resources, correcting errors in OCLC and Alma records, and reporting Alma Community Zone record errors. May enhance &/or upgrade minimal-level records for materials in preparation for local digitization.
    • Work with other units on issues involving bibliographic metadata, including receiving and processing bibliographic records included in the weekly local digitization update.
    • Getty Research Portal: Work with the content specialist to provide information &/or guidance regarding bibliographic metadata.
    • Getty Virtual Library: Work with Getty publications to provide updated MARC record files for publications they provide freely on the web.
    • Creates new bibliographic metadata based on standards, best practices, research, and analysis for electronic, digital, and physical resources relating to scholarly art history, humanities, and conservation in a variety of languages.
    • Edits, aggregates, maps, enhances, transforms, and disseminates existing bibliographic metadata in the local Library database and other databases as appropriate.
    • Collaboratively designs, tests, and implements new workflows for the changing needs of the Research Institute and bibliographic metadata.
    • Solves bibliographic and access problems and reviews bibliographic metadata created by others. 
    • Prepares name authority metadata for submission to NACO and bibliographic metadata for submission to BIBCO. 
    • Recommends bibliographic metadata policies, procedures and guidelines.


    • MLIS from an ALA-accredited library school; graduate degree in Art History or a related discipline preferred. 
    • Minimum 2-3 years professional experience

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Reading knowledge of at least 2 foreign languages
    • Advanced-level facility with systems required to perform work duties, including OCLC Connexion, MarcEdit, and integrated library systems (Alma preferred).These may also include systems designed for collection management, digital materials management and transformation, digital repository management, digital asset management, data management, data set management, data integration, communications, resource discovery, and social media.
    • Solid understanding of bibliographic metadata structure and principles and the principles of authority control, particularly selecting and applying controlled vocabularies and ontologies.
    • Ability to meet deadlines, apply policies and procedures consistently, conduct research, and present recommendations. May require supervisory or project management skills.
    • Knowledge of emerging trends, technologies, and best practices related to electronic resource management and bibliographic metadata.
    • Working knowledge of industry standards related to serials and e-resources. Familiarity with copyright, fair use, and other intellectual property issues as they pertain to e-resources and license agreements.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a small team.
    • Preferred: Experience with book digitization projects; specialized knowledge of the art book and/or electronic resource trade; knowledge of Python.