Retrospective Conversion

Let BDS enhance your catalogue to improve access to the collections you hold and ensure that it is compliant with the latest standards.

You may have legacy records in your catalogue that do not comply with current standards, or your catalogue may have been compiled from diverse sources with varying practices. Retrospective Conversion can bring all your mainstream records into a catalogue that produces reliable search results and consistent classification.

In this process, your local information is protected and merged with our industry-standard metadata.

Include RDA Enhancement

The BDS RDA Enhancement Service represents a significant step towards modernising library catalogues and forms part of BDS’s Retrospective Conversion service.

AACR2 records are modified automatically to make them more compatible with RDA cataloguing rules. The service offers libraries the opportunity to update their catalogues while keeping costs down.

Bibliographic records created using RDA are more user-friendly, improving the appearance and intelligibility of records for a non-specialist audience.

Update Dewey

If you require assistance with updating to the latest edition of Dewey Decimal Classification, we can assist with this exercise.


Harness the expertise of our metadata and technical experts through one-day and short workshops run by BDS in order to take advantage of the improvements that our Catalogue Enhancement service offers. Courses will be designed and tailored to your needs.

Contact BDS now to find out more about Catalogue Enhancement.