Please submit a cover letter and CV by March 22, 2019
History of the Oeuvre Catalogue Project:
Originally published in 1983, The Print Council Index to Oeuvre-Catalogues of Prints by European and American Artists was the first comprehensive index of catalogues raisonné of printmaking. Beginning in 2000, an online version has been freely available on the Print Council of America’s (PCA) website. It has been expanded to include works on Japanese artists and print publishers, catalogues of photographs and drawings, and online resources and is continually updated to include newly published resources. Moving forward, listings of online resources will not only include those specifically created as web-based publications, but direct (verifiably stable) links to complete, online versions of individual publications that have been scanned and uploaded to allow greater access. The latter will require adding information to existing entries on the PCA website oeuvre index in an efficient and strategic manner, over time.
The PCA seeks an Oeuvre Project Bibliographer who will be responsible for maintaining and expanding the oeuvre catalogue database, which may include adding information to increase searchability or otherwise enriching the cataloging information to make the database a more useful resource. S/he/They must have wide-ranging knowledge of bibliographic resources, an expertise in the literature on works on paper, and a demonstrated proficiency with databases. The position is part time (approx. 8 hours/week, self-determined, $25/hour (paid bimonthly; possible raise to $30/hour after first year if merited) Remote internet access required (laptop will be provided). The Bibliographer will report to the President of the PCA and a multi-year commitment (4-5 years minimum) is desired.
- The Oeuvre Project Bibliographer continually researches new publications (including books, articles, dissertations, and online resources) of catalogues raisonné of prints, photographs, drawings, and editioned works on paper for inclusion in the online Print Council Index to Oeuvre-Catalogues.
- Identifies new publications through surveying union catalogues, publisher and bookseller lists, online databases, book reviews (particularly those published in Print Quarterly and Art in Print), and announcements.
- Compiles and enters information into the database according to the PCA’s standards. Checks names against Getty’s Union List of Artist Names and provides links to the publications in OCLC’s WorldCat.
- Periodically reviews earlier publications for omissions or updates to the database.
- Works with volunteer advisors drawn from PCA members to keep abreast of publications and online resources to add in areas of drawings and photographs. Responds to inquiries and/or suggestions from PCA members and outside researchers.
- Deep and up-to-date knowledge of the literature on printmaking, photography, and drawings.
- Expertise with databases, and familiarity with The Museum System (TMS), including data entry, querying, and running reports.
- Understanding of bibliographic standards and authority control, and facility with searching and compiling information from online library catalogues and databases with knowledge of resources where direct links for texts can be added to the bibliographic listings on the PCA website.
- Interest in finding new ways to update the database information to make it more user-friendly, and to consider applications for database in context of new digital humanities initiatives
- Access to major research libraries, including the ability to make on-site visits or requests works through Inter-Library Loan.
- Remote internet access required (laptop will be provided).
- Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages (French, German, Italian, or Spanish, preferred).