Bibliographer for African American Art, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Posted Date

1 month ago (10/15/2018 7:08 AM)

Requisition Number



LT Full-Time

Position Status

Getty Center


GRI – 0410-Chief Librarian’s Office





Targeted Hiring Range

$54,992.08 – $68,745.04 Annually


Commensurate with experience and internal equity

Job Summary

As a part of the Getty Research Institute’s (GRI) recently established African American Art History Initiative, the GRI seeks a Collection Development Librarian II to serve as a bibliographer who will assess and expand the Research Library’s monograph and serial holdings, focusing particularly, but not exclusively, on the field of African American art history. Reporting to the Chief Librarian, while working within the library’s collection development team and in close collaboration with the newly appointed Associate Curator, the bibliographer’s work will contribute toward establishing the GRI as a research center for the study of African American Art history.  This is a two-year limited-term position. Read more about this new initiative at the GRI here.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Review existing library collection to assess research strengths and weaknesses in African American art
  • Note lacunae and consider future collecting goals both for antiquarian and newly published material.
  • Consider local, national, and where appropriate, international research libraries already having strengths in the field, including but not limited to the Schomberg Collection (NYPL), etc. and review possibilities for cooperative and/or collaborative approaches to collecting and sharing with other research libraries
  • Recommend specific journal and monographic titles for acquisition.
  • Prepare lists of relevant artists and scholars in the field and the published literature on or by them to add to the library
  • Research dealers and opportunities regarding private scholarly libraries for acquisitions
  • Review existing approval plans for gaps in coverage and make recommendations for improvement, working with other Collection Development Librarians and the Manager of Library Collection Development and Acquisitions.
  • Work with curator to assess scholarly archives, which may include a variety of materials and formats, as well as on programming as appropriate.
  • May provide reference support and/or conduct research, present, exhibit, and publish in areas of responsibility and expertise.
  • Handle other duties as assigned


  • MLIS or equivalent experience required; BA with an emphasis on African American art history or related field required; advanced degree or significant additional graduate work in a related field strongly preferred (e.g. MA or PhD).
  • 2-3 years’ relevant experience, with at least 2 years in library acquisitions or developing library collections in a research environment.
  • Record of research in the field preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

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