Metadata Specialist II

Metadata Specialist II

locationLos Angeles, CA, USA
PublishedPublished: 2/21/2024
ExpiresExpires: 4/21/2024
Full Time

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Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) Research Library seeks a creative, forward-looking, collaborative, and service-oriented Cataloging Librarian. The position has a leading role in the workflows that establish and maintain discovery of and access to the library’s published electronic, digital, physical resources, and data sets supporting the African American Art History Initiative (AAAHI). Focusing on the history, practices, and cultural legacies of artists of African American and African diasporic heritage, AAAHI aims to provide a more robust and accurate history of American art, one that will have a decisive impact on the narrative of global culture. The position accomplishes this by creating and processing various metadata independently and collaboratively to provide and enhance access to these resources. The position uses professional judgment, applies bibliographic metadata standards and principles to clearly describe materials in order to provide effective access to them using a variety of scholarly research tools. The position has a supporting role in ensuring the integrated discovery and access across this same set of resources. In addition, the position works collaboratively in a metadata team with other catalogers, and with other internal units and external organizations that provide or use the metadata.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Focuses on the creation of original metadata and complex metadata revision for a variety of resources relating to scholarly art history, humanities, and art conservation, with an emphasis on African American art and African diasporic heritage, based on national standards, best practices, local guidelines, research, and analysis
  • Creates new metadata of high complexity based on professional judgment in the application of standards, best practices, research, and analysis
  • Edits, aggregates, maps, enhances, transforms, and disseminates existing bibliographic and controlled vocabulary metadata in the local Library database and other databases as appropriate
  • Manipulates and enhances metadata post-processing by using a variety of software tools
  • Revises and supervises the work of others in the unit and helps with training needs
  • Solves bibliographic access problems
  • Reviews bibliographic and controlled vocabulary metadata created by other catalogers, other internal units, and external organizations
  • Prepares name authority metadata for submission to NACO and bibliographic metadata for submission to BIBCO and eCIP
  • Recommends, creates, and updates bibliographic and controlled vocabulary metadata policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • Participates in section meetings and other meetings as appropriate
  • Serves on Getty, GRI, and Library teams, taskforces, working groups, as needed
  • Engages in continuing professional development by attending and participating in professional conferences and training opportunities related to position duties
  • Assists in maintaining and updating the unit's website content


  • For librarian positions: MLIS from an ALA-accredited library school; undergraduate and additional graduate degree in an appropriate discipline preferred
  • For other positions: undergraduate degree in appropriate discipline; additional graduate degree preferred
  • Minimum 2 years related professional experience
  • May require related supervisory and/or project management experience
  • Requires strong communication skills
  • May require special subject, language, or technical expertise

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Advanced-level facility with systems required to perform work duties, including OCLC Connexion, MarcEdit, and integrated library systems (Alma preferred)
  • In-depth knowledge and application of RDA/AACR2, MARC, LC cataloging standards, and LC classification
  • Knowledge of cataloging issues and trends, particularly linked open data, Open Access, and BIBFRAME
  • Knowledge of or experience with non-MARC formats and non-RDA metadata standards
  • Familiarity with other content management systems such as those used for collection management, digital materials management and transformation, digital repository management, digital asset management, data management, data set management, data integration, communications, resource discovery, and social media
  • Experience in and knowledge of authority control, particularly selecting and applying controlled vocabularies and ontologies
  • Experience with industry standard software suites as appropriate to assigned duties
  • Experience handling fragile or brittle materials preferred
  • Ability to meet deadlines, apply policies and procedures consistently, conduct research, and present recommendations
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work in partnership with a wide variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work under little to no supervision as well as in partnership with others
  • Supervisory or project management skills preferred
  • Reading knowledge of at least one non-English language preferred

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.

Required degree level

  • Master