Library and publisher cataloging and metadata

Retrospective Conversion

The Donohue Group can help you convert your old library catalogs to a new format. Converting print card catalogs to digital records while preserving valuable local information, can be a daunting process. Our professional staff can take on your project, whether it involves physical cards or digital records in need of migration or upgrade.

Data conversion: DGI can convert your existing metadata in any format (print or non-print) to MARC or other industry standards.

Authority control: Authority databases change often. We can bring yours up to date, and match those authorized headings to your catalog records.

Quality control: Not only can we ensure that your entire collection is accurately reflected in your library’s catalog, but we will make sure that everything is of the highest quality. We can generate reports to correct any errors in catalog records, and update all outdated cataloging practices. Your records will be consistent and will conform exactly to what your library needs.

Cleanup: Even the most carefully planned recon projects will result in the need for some amount of data cleanup. There will be no duplicate records in your catalog, and patrons will thank you for it. We will give you a catalog that your staff and patrons will enjoy searching. Your converted records will not interfere with your existing database of records, because we will take the proper measures to ensure compatibility.

Software selection: We have staff whose expertise can be used to help you select software. We will ask what your needs are, evaluate software that you may have, and give suggestions for new ones. We will make sure you get the most out of your catalog database.