The Getty

  • Library Assistant III

    Posted Date
    2 weeks ago(10/12/2018 7:28 AM)
    Requisition Number
    LT Full-Time
    Position Status
    Getty Center
    GRI - 0420-Collections Management
    Targeted Hiring Range
    $19.18 - $23.49 Hourly
    Commensurate with experience and internal equity
  • Job Summary

    Working under the supervision of the Digital Library Associate, the Digital Library Assistant participates in the creation and maintenance of digital collections for the Getty Research Institute. The scope of the GRI’s digitization program ranges from scholar requests for digitization of individual items to multi-year grant-funded mass digitization of large archival collections. The successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic environment of shifting priorities and deadlines, collaborating effectively with Getty Digital, Collections Management, and other departments across the Getty community.   


    This is a two-year, full-time limited-term position.

    Major Job Responsibilities

    • Analyzes, extracts, and transforms existing cataloging data into usable metadata for digitized materials using Excel, existing Perl scripts, and XSL stylesheets
    • Processes images created by Getty Digital photographers using existing scripts and may create derivatives of digital video and audio as needed
    • Creates digital packages and deposits them into the digital preservation and access system
    • Completes deposit of non-book Digitization-on-Demand requests in a timely manner
    • Preserves master image files for books photographed in-house
    • Performs regular troubleshooting and quality control of metadata, filenames, and database functionality
    • Completes legacy metadata cleanup projects as needed
    • May coordinate with Special Collections Archivist on the deposit of born-digital materials
    • Maintains awareness of current trends and developments in the field
    • Applies knowledge of libraries and online records to assignments of complexity


    • Bachelor’s degree in art history or related discipline
    • 3-4 years experience in a library or archival setting
    • Reading knowledge in at least one foreign language preferred


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Familiarity with digital repository functionality, digital preservation issues, and metadata standards
    • Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment, discretion, and initiative
    • Excellent written and verbal skills, attention to detail, and success working on collaborative projects
    • Comfortable working in an environment with regularly changing technologies and workflows
    • Tolerance for detail-oriented, high-volume, and, at times, repetitive work
    • Knowledge of data modeling, metadata schemas, and controlled vocabularies and thesauri preferred
    • Knowledge of archival and library descriptive practices helpful