Metadata Library Assistant – The Granger Collection, NYC

The Granger Collection, a historical picture library in Manhattan, is seeking a Metadata Library Assistant to manage its database and web-services department. Candidates will ideally have a background in Library Science and experience with large image collections and image-based digital asset-management systems.  Ease with new technology, avid attention to detail, and superior teamwork skills are required.  Perfect opportunity for a motivated graduate student or recent graduate with some experience.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing all metadata and controlled vocabulary of digital image collection.
  • Developing and maintaining keyword library and hierarchical thesaurus.
  • Developing metadata standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Reviewing image records for accuracy and consistency among metadata, captions, and keywords in accordance to house rules and industry standards.
  • Daily review of website search log to improve and enhance keyword library, image access, and retrieval.
  • Providing clients with search and reference assistance.
  • Collaborating with Deputy Director on new digital projects, initiatives, and technology.


  • MLS/MLIS or currently enrolled in MLS/MLIS ALA-accredited graduate program.
  • Knowledge of visual resources cataloging and indexing, various metadata standards, controlled vocabularies, and authority files.
  • Familiarity with digital imaging best practices.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office, Excel, and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Knowledge of history or fine art highly desired.


  • Full-time employment
  • Starting salary of $35,000
  • Medical and dental benefits
  • Collegial working environment
  • Start Date: Immediately

To apply for this position, please forward your resume and cover letter by attachment (.doc or .pdf) to with ‘Metadata Library Assistant’ in the subject line.  Because of the volume of responses, we are unable to take any telephone inquiries and will be contacting only qualified candidates.

Since 1964 The Granger Collection has offered art directors, photo editors, and designers an increasingly convenient and reliable source for the history of the world in pictures from before the Stone Age to the dawn of the Space Age.

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