Please excuse the naive way this question is formulated: I'm sure the Information & Library Science community has formal terms for what I'm attempting to do, but unfortunately I don't know what they are.
The problem I'm trying to solve is that I have a bunch of author names (for example, 'Charles Dickens') that I need to reformat into standard catalogue order ('Dickens, Charles'). Obviously the example given is trivial, but of course this can get quite complex depending on the addition of titles and honorifics. Is anyone aware of a software library to perform this kind of conversion? The programming language used is not terribly important, though Java or Python would be preferable. In ideal world the library would deal with the different conventions used in different languages and by different institutions - but anything would be better than the current split-on-comma approach I'm using right now. Thanks, Timothy Hill