Featured Project Series: Convert-a-Card
In our first project series, Convert-a-Card, we're experimenting with a new method for transforming printed card
catalogues into electronic records for inclusion in our online catalogue Explore.
While the British Library is
relatively young for a national library, much of its vast historical collections were acquired long before computers
were used for cataloguing as standard. So, while the library's online catalogue,
Explore, provides public access to nearly 57 million records,
there are still thousands of important research items that can only be found by searching the old physical card catalogues.
Records matched, located, transcribed or translated as part of Convert-a-Card will be uploaded to the
British Library's Explore catalogue for anyone to search online.
By participating you will have a direct impact on the availability of research material to anyone interested in the
diverse collections available at the British Library.