The Getty

Library Assistant IV

Posted Date
2 months ago(7/30/2021 3:36 PM)
Requisition Number
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
GRI - 0419-Research Services & Collections
Targeted Hiring Range
$22.35 - $27.38 Hourly
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

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Job Summary

The Getty Library seeks an experienced candidate as a Library Assistant IV to work with the Special Collections Reading Room team to support public service activities and oversee the Special Collections Reading Room. Reporting to the Special Collections Reading Room Supervisor, the Library Assistant IV’s primary duties are to assist in overseeing the daily operations of the Special Collections Reading Room. This position will serve as the primary team leader in absence of the Supervisor. The Library Assistant IV provides services to a wide variety of staff and researchers, monitors the Special Collections Reading Room, assists with classes, tours and workshops.

The Library Assistant IV also responds to routine queries from staff and researchers; refers more complex queries to reference librarians and curators as appropriate. Serves as the point person for specific tasks and projects, and oversees and/or supervises the work of others.


Major Job Responsibilities

  • Daily paging and reshelving a high volume of material
  • Ensures proper handling, care, storage, preservation, and tracking of collection items.
  • Oversees shelf-reading projects with Special Collections Reading Room team to maintain inventory of the collections
  • May participate in meetings with other departmental sections related to industry-standard software and make suggestions for enhancements
  • Applies advanced knowledge of libraries, online systems and records
  • Assists with complex projects and resolves complex problems
  • Supervises Special Collections Reading Room desk and satellite spaces
  • Plans, coordinates, and performs vault shifts with others
  • Sets up Special Collections Reading Room and satellite spaces
  • Works with supervisor to update departmental workflows and helps write new ones
  • Assists with patron requests and Reading Room appointments
  • Demonstrates initiative, works independently and collaboratively
  • Participates in special projects as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in art history or related discipline

  • 4-5 years experience in library setting, with 3-4 years of customer service experience in an academic, arts, or cultural institution preferred

  • Reading knowledge in at least 1-2 foreign languages

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Effectively handles multiple demands and shifting priorities
  • Ability to learn library-specific software applications
  • Strong capability for utilizing, Library Information Systems, bibliographic databases, finding aids, and other online resources.
  • Requires ability to handle rare and unique materials with care
  • Physical activity for extended periods at various times throughout the day including lifting library materials weighing up to 40 pounds and pushing heavy book carts
  • Ability to climb industrial ladders required in order to page and shelve from the collections located on 12-foot high compact shelving units.


Equal Opportunity Employer

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