The Getty

Library Assistant III

Requisition Number
LT Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
GRI - 0419-Research Services & Collections
Targeted Hiring Range
$20.35 - $24.93 Hourly
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 Library Assistant III 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, and item records while performing a range of copy cataloging from simple to complex.  Reporting to the Cataloging Supervisor, the Library Assistant III works in the Getty Library’s Technical Services Department, operating within the GRI’s Collection and Discovery Division.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Assists in complex metadata searching, selection, evaluation, editing, and creation for resource access, description, and record management in Ex Libris Alma and OCLC Connexion systems 
  • Performs physical processing of materials (e.g., labeling, marking, stamping, and housing) 
  • Applies knowledge of MARC, RDA, AACR2, and local policies and procedures 
  • Uses various library software applications to manage library materials 
  • Provides library services to staff and other library users 
  • May provide assistance in unpacking, organizing, and distributing materials 
  • Suggests revisions to procedures within assigned area 
  • Participates in section meetings and other meetings as appropriate  


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in art history or related discipline
  • 3-4 years experience in library setting
  • Familiarity with at least one foreign language preferred


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

  • Strong communication skills 
  • Strong organizational skills 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Ability to learn library-specific applications and standards 
  • Ability to lift boxes and push trucks up to 40 pounds 
  • Ability to handle materials with care 
  • Ability to compile cataloging statistics and compose monthly reports using e.g., Microsoft Excel and/or Word 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively 
  • Familiarity with RDA and/or AACR2 preferred 
  • Familiarity with MARC bibliographic and holdings standards preferred 
  • Experience with OCLC Connexion preferred 
  • Experience with Alma or other integrated library system preferred 

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.