ERIC Number: ED094774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jul-9
Reference Count: N/A
ISBD(M): Background and Description.
Tate, Elizabeth L.
The International Standard Bibliographic Description for Monographic Publications (ISBD(M)) is an international standard developed by the International Federation of Library Associations Working Group; it seeks to introduce uniformity in the bibliographic descriptions prepared in national cataloging agencies throughout the world for use in national bibliographies, or catalogs, or for other purposes. Standardization is accomplished by presenting selected bibliographic data in a prescribed order and identifying the data through the arbitrary use of symbols which happen to be punctuation marks. Although the standard bibliographic description is of vital importance for the conversion of data to machine-readable form, it also facilitates the comprehension of entries in unfamiliar languages and permits descriptions of various origins to be integrated readily into a single system. Virtually all of the provisions of the standard have been incorporated into the revised rules for description in the North American Text of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, so that national cataloging agencies in the Western hemisphere may participate in the international effort to achieve universal bibliographic control. (Author/LS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.