4. How the books are catalogued
Our aim was to build a resource that can be
searched not only by author or title, but using a series of keywords,
available in the thesaurus, to provide access to proper names, types
of festival entertainment and festival architecture, iconography,
chronology and geography.
Each festival book on the website is described
on three different levels:
- On one level, the electronic resource functions as a traditional library catalogue, providing detailed bibliographical descriptions of each book, along with information about the specific copy in the British Library
- We also provide, as an introduction to each book, a brief description of the festival it recounts, the names of those involved and any relevant historical background
- Finally, our page-level description, using a thesaurus of indexing terms, allows the specific textual and visual content of each book to be searched using both keywords and our thesaurus. In this way, the electronic format allows the books to be searched and interrogated in specific ways.
Over the course of two years the British
Library digitally captured each page to a very high resolution.
In total 14,318 images were created.