Library Assistant III

Job Family
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
Workplace Type
Hiring Pay Scale
$23.02 - $28.77 Hourly
Commensurate with experience and internal equity
Research Institute
Requisition Number
ERRP Eligible

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Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks a full-time Library Assistant III to work as a member of the Circulation team.  Reporting to the Manager of Circulation, the Library Assistant III’s primary duties are; managing the book digitization preparation workflow, which includes working from selected lists of special collections materials, pulling titles, assessing materials for digitization, and updating lists post-digitization, and collection maintenance “end processing”, which includes marking, housing, repairing, and evaluating the condition of library materials. The Library Assistant III will work in a team-based environment but also under little to no supervision. The Library Assistant III will work on some additional circulation tasks including pulling, sorting, and shelving books, charging and discharging materials, and editing online records. The Getty Library uses the Ex-Libris suite of hosted products: Alma, Primo, and Rosetta.  The Library Assistant III may work on occasion at the Library’s Annex location in Valencia, CA.


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

  • Collection maintenance and end processing of general collection materials
  • Selection and assessment process for special collections book digitization
  • May assist with special collections end processing
  • May assist and resolve moderately complex problems for staff and library users
  • May assist in processing, caring for, and reformatting collections
  • Uses various library software applications to execute moderately complex transactions
  • Maintains the general collections stacks
  • Assists with the ongoing tasks associated with the circulation of materials including pulling, sorting, and reshelving books and serials
  • Check materials in and out using the Alma library system
  • Staffs a Library public service desk
  • Participates in special projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in art history or related discipline preferred
  • Minimum 3 years related experience
  • Some supervisory and training experience preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong communication skills and ability to interact with library patrons
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Familiarity in at least one foreign language preferred
  • Experience with industry standard software suites as appropriate to assigned duties
  • Experience with library circulation systems, bibliographic databases, and library specific software application preferred
  • Ability to handle rare and unique materials with care
  • Experience handling fragile or brittle materials preferred
  • 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 to page and shelve from the collections
  • Good manual dexterity required

Benefits and Perks

Here are just some examples that Getty offers/provides for full-time employees:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance coverage, starting on date of hire. Getty pays 75%-95% of the premium, depending on the plan selected.
  • 403(b) Employee Investment retirement plan – with up to 5% Getty Match
  • Getty contribution of 6%, on behalf of employee, to 401(a) retirement account
  • Educational Assistance and professional development
  • Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Days
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Many positions have bi-weekly Off-Fridays
  • On-Site Fitness Center at Getty Center
  • Community service opportunities

To learn more about our comprehensive benefits and long list of perks, go to Getty HR.  

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.

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