The Getty

Metadata Specialist II

Requisition Number
LT Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
GRI - 0419-Research Services & Collections
Targeted Hiring Range
$58,371 - $72,954 Annually
ERRP Eligible
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

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Job Summary

This limited term position (36 months) catalogs books and other published materials from the Whitney and Lee Kaplan African American Visual Culture Collection, consisting of over 3600 publications on African American artists and Black visual culture.  Publications include catalogs, magazines, artist’s books, pamphlets, and zines.  The Metadata Specialist II may also catalog other publications acquired as part of the Getty Research Institute’s African American Art History Initiative.   The position creates and updates bibliographic, holdings, item, and authority records while performing a range of cataloging from simple copy cataloging to complex original cataloging.  Reporting to the Cataloging Supervisor, the Metadata Specialist II works in the Getty Library’s Technical Services Department, operating within the GRI’s Collection and Discovery Division.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Performs complex metadata creation, selection, evaluation, and editing for resource access, description, and record management in Ex Libris Alma and OCLC Connexion systems 
  • Prepares bibliographic metadata for contribution to BIBCO and name authority metadata for contribution to NACO, according to the standards of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) 
  • Performs physical processing of materials (e.g. labeling, marking, stamping, and housing) 
  • Applies knowledge of MARC, RDA, and AACR2 
  • Uses various library software applications to execute complex transactions to manage library materials 
  • Provides library services to staff and other library users 
  • May provide assistance in unpacking, organizing, and distributing materials 
  • May provide training to staff and other colleagues, when required 
  • May review work of other project staff 
  • Suggests and may make revisions to procedures within assigned area in consultation or collaboration with other staff 
  • Participates in section meetings and other meetings as appropriate 


  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited library school; graduate degree in Art History or a related discipline preferred. 
  • Minimum 2-3 years professional experience
  • May require special subject, language, or technical expertise


All employees must be fully-vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment. Exemptions from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation due to medical contraindication, disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of RDA; knowledge of related LC-PCC policy statements for bibliographic and authority data preferred 
  • Knowledge of AACR2 
  • Knowledge of MARC bibliographic, holdings, and authority formats 
  • Knowledge of Library of Congress Classification, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus 
  • Facility with OCLC Connexion and Alma or other integrated library system preferred 
  • Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language preferred 
  • Ability to lift boxes and push trucks up to 40 pounds 
  • Ability to compile cataloging statistics and compose monthly reports using e.g. Microsoft Excel and/or Word 
  • Ability to meet deadlines 
  • Ability to apply policies and procedures consistently 
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively 

Equal Opportunity Employer

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