AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXVIII, No. 2, Fall 1996


Niels Bohr Library Prepares Online Public Access Catalog

To make its resources more easily accessible the Niels Bohr Library is developing an online public access catalog for both its book collection and the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences. The first step was taken several years ago when staff began entering International Catalog of Sources records in computer-readable form (using Minaret software) and uploading them to the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN). The second step, computerizing the book catalog, was begun this spring when the Library contracted with the LSSI corporation to convert the old card catalog to machine-readable form. Currently the staff are selecting and modifying software to make the two databases available and searchable to users. The new catalogs will be up and running in the Library this winter. As soon as possible they will also be made available on a CD-Rom and/or on the History Center's Web page; meanwhile inquiries are welcomed by phone, fax, e-mail, or personal visit. The new catalogs will make the Library's own resources in books and archival materials more easily accessible, and will allow researchers to find archival collections at the more than 500 other libraries and archives that are represented in the International Catalog of Sources' holdings.

Photograph of the Niels Bohr Library Reading Room

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