As a retired librarian specializing in East Asian language materials, I was intrigued when I saw the notice that the British Library had set up a series of Crowdsourcing projects as one method of making information about its unique and specialized resources available online to the general public. In particular, the Chinese Pinyin project interested me, as I had been cataloging Chinese language library materials, inter alia, since 1972. As a retiree, I also am at a point in my life where continuing to exercise my mind is as important as exercising my body to stave off the challenges of age-related decline. And I have always regarded cataloging work – especially in foreign languages – as fun! The project intrigued me because it is possible to do as much or as little work at any one sitting as I have time for at the moment. Being part of a world-wide cooperative project is gratifying, and I enjoy checking my contributions against those of other project participants via the online graphs and maps. The collections of the British Library are renowned throughout the world, and I am pleased to have made a small contribution to making them even more widely known. And it was fun to come across titles for books I had cataloged or consulted many years ago – in my youth!
- Bill McCloy, East Asian Law Librarian (Retired), University of Washington, Seattle.