The Getty

  • Library Assistant III

    Posted Date
    1 month ago(9/3/2019 9:46 AM)
    Requisition Number
    LT Full-Time
    Position Status
    Getty Center
    GRI - 0420-Collections Management
    Targeted Hiring Range
    $19.56 - $23.96 Hourly
    Commensurate with experience and internal equity
  • Job Summary

    The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks a Library Assistant III to digitize visual material from several archives related to the historic Los Angeles Woman’s Building and make the digital collections accessible for research.  As a major center of the feminist art movement of the 1970s and 1980s, the Woman’s Building played an instrumental role in shaping both the field of feminist art and American arts education. Following the Woman’s Building project, this position will assist in the creation and maintenance of digital collections for other multi-year projects, including PhotoTech, a project to digitize the GRI’s Photo Archive and generate metadata using computer vision, and Archives of the Ancient World, a digitization and metadata project focused on broadening access to archival images of endangered ancient cultural heritage around the world.   


    This is a full-time limited term position from November 2019 until June 2023.  The first year is supported by a grant from the Save America's Treasures program, an interagency federal initiative led by the National Park Service and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

    Major Job Responsibilities

    • Analyzes, extracts, and transforms existing cataloging data into usable metadata for digitized materials using Excel, existing Perl scripts, and XSL stylesheets
    • Creates digital packages and deposits them into the digital preservation and access system
    • Applies intermediate knowledge of digital photography to produce digital photos
    • Performs general digital imaging tasks including: capture, color correction, file preparation, and derivative creation
    • Processes audio and video files created by Conservation staff and acquired from external vendors and creates derivatives of digital video and audio files as needed
    • Performs regular troubleshooting and quality control of metadata, filenames, and database functionality
    • 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
    • Minimum 3-4 years experience in library or archive setting
    • Reading knowledge in at least one foreign language

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Familiarity with digital repository functionality, digital preservation strategies, and metadata standards
    • Experience working with digital A/V formats
    • 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