The Getty

  • Reference Librarian V

    Posted Date
    6 days ago(6/12/2018 2:08 PM)
    Requisition Number
    Regular Full-Time
    Position Status
    Getty Center
    GRI - 0419-Library Services
    Targeted Hiring Range
    $86,845.20 - $112,908.64 Annually
    Commensurate with experience and internal equity
  • Job Summary

    The Head of Research Services in the Research Library of the Getty Research Institute leads and manages a department comprised of the various teams with responsibility for the following functions: Reference, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and the Special Collections Reading Room. Mentors, trains, and advises staff. Analyzes and solves problems creatively and collegially. The candidate will be a top level technical contributor to one or more highly specialized functions of reference and research services, providing research services, tours, workshops, etc. in area of expertise, and may conduct research, present, and publish in area(s) of expertise.

    Major Job Responsibilities

    • Works closely with the section managers to guide the staff and activities of the entire department, seeking synergies, developing and overseeing policies and procedures, ensuring quality service, analyzing workflows to improve efficiencies, and providing guidance on best practices
    • May provide specialized collection overviews, tours, workshops, and high level assistance to outside collaborators and instructors teaching within the collections
    • May lead and/or participate in working groups and committees related to activities within area(s) of expertise
    • May develop, monitor, communicate, interpret and execute project plans and budget for projects internally and externally
    • Collaborates with colleagues to devise and/or revise policies and procedures for services
    • Applies creative solutions while recommending, developing, or improving practices and procedures which use current and emerging technologies
    • Maintains and shares expert knowledge of professional activities and trends; mentors staff
    • Keeps current on technological advances and incorporates knowledge into primary activities and initiatives
    • May advise and participate as the Research Library representative in wider GRI or Trust-level working groups and/or research projects
    • Represents the GRI externally in field of expertise as appropriate
    • May publish, present, and/or participate in research projects and/or exhibitions related to area of expertise
    • Participates in library and GRI management team



    • Bachelor’s degree in Art History or related discipline; MLIS, graduate work or equivalent research experience in Art History; advanced degree in Art History strongly preferred

    • Minimum 7 years of experience working in an advanced research library or academic Library in reference services, with at least 5 years experience working with collection materials

    • 3-5 years related supervisory experience

    • Project Management skills

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Knowledge of art history, reference techniques, research strategies, current practices
    • Reading knowledge of 2 foreign languages; speaking ability in at least one preferred; familiarity with other languages
    • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal and organizational skills to work effectively with a wide range of staff and patrons onsite and virtually.
    • Ability to be highly flexible, service-oriented, and to lead as well as to collaborate and work collegially in teams
    • Expert project management skills
    • High level of knowledge and understanding of library standards, best-practices, library applications, computer systems, online databases, digital imaging technology, user access, and image delivery technology
    • Advanced knowledge of history, theory, and professional practices associated with materials found in art research libraries and special collections, including rare books, manuscripts, and graphic materials