The Getty

Digital Collection Development Librarian III: Getty Research Portal

Requisition Number
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
GRI - 0410-Chief Librarian's Office
Targeted Hiring Range
$64,872 - $84,336 Annually
ERRP Eligible
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

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Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute seeks a creative, thoughtful, and energetic Digital Collection Development Librarian to oversee and develop the content and programs associated with the Getty Research Portal as well as the GRI’s own digitization program for published materials. Reporting to the Chief Librarian, this position takes a principal role in defining, developing, managing, and marketing the Portal’s collections and future roadmap, working closely with a wide variety of colleagues in various roles at the Getty, overseeing a functional team, and in managing an international advisory group and working one-on-one with potential and current contributors. Launched in 2012 with 20,000 volumes, 8 contributors, and the goal of providing unified and free access to the digitized literature of art history, today the Portal hosts metadata bringing together over 170,000 digitized volumes from over 40 institutions, and offers Virtual Collections to support pedagogy and public programs. In addition to working with colleagues at the Getty Research Institute and Getty Digital to maintain and develop the Portal, this position may also assist with some of the external digital library partnerships in which the Getty Library participates, including but not limited to Hathi Trust, DPLA, and web archiving projects.


The ideal candidate will be experienced and knowledgeable in digital librarianship, project management, external partnerships, book digitization, the coordination of the work of others, and art historical research, gained through a combination of education and experience.


The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing awareness of the visual arts and their various histories through its expertise, ongoing collecting program, public programs, institutional partnerships, exhibitions, publications, digital services, and residential scholars’ programs. Among the world’s premier art libraries, the Getty Library and its Special Collections include over 1.5 million volumes, rare materials, and digital resources, which serve a vast international community of scholars and the interested public. The Institute's activities and scholarly resources guide and sustain each other and collectively provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and scholarly exchange.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Oversee and develop content and programs associated with the Getty Research Portal

  • Working with GRI and Getty Digital colleagues, oversee GRI digitization program for published materials.

  • Serve as primary coordinator and communicator for a functional Portal team of staff from different areas of the Library and Getty Digital

  • Take a leading role in convening and participating in Portal Governance Group

  • Redefine and develop Portal Advisory committee

  • Manage new and ongoing relationships with Portal contributors by keeping in close contact via various forms of communication

  • Promote Portal to various audiences, writing posts of various kinds, articles, speaking at appropriate venues virtually and in-person, developing Virtual Collections, digital art history and humanities projects, etc.

  • May assist with other external digital library partnerships, through maintaining or building relationships and exploring potential contributions to virtual collections.



  • MLIS from ALA-accredited institution; graduate work in Art History preferred.
  • 3-5 years experience working in a library or research institution with at least 3 years working with digital projects and initiatives.
  • 1-2 years supervisory or project management experience required.
  • Experience with book digitization projects 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

· Knowledge of library management systems.

· Solid understanding of bibliographic metadata structure and principles, particularly within the digital arena.

· Bibliographic familiarity with at least 2 foreign languages preferred.

· Current knowledge of art history and research methods preferred

· Excellent communication skills as well as tact and diplomacy to work effectively with a wide range of colleagues internally and externally.

· Excellent attention to detail.

· Experience developing content and giving presentations for a variety of audiences to promote Portal and other projects.

· Ability to lead, work independently, and collaboratively

· Must be creative, proactive, forward-looking, detail-oriented, and flexible

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.