Document (#7901)

Author
Oddy, P.
Title
Managing retrospective catalogue conversion
Source
European research libraries cooperation. 1(1991) no.1, S.15-24
Year
1991
Abstract
Describes a 4-year project to convert the British Library catalogue to machine-readable form. After a brief description of the catalogue and some of its oddities and idiosyncrasies, discusses how the conversion was managed, from the inception of the project through to near-completion in 1991. Identifies 3 stages: deciding to convert, the fundamental principles of the conversion, and drawing up the specification and signing the contract; setting up and implementing the project; and managing the ongoing conversion process and planning for the post-capture record processing and handling. Concludes with a checklist of do's and don'ts for those contemplating retrospective conversion of a catalogue which cannot be handled by conventional means
Object
BLC to '75

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