10 May 2010

Worldwide review of ISBD

By ISBD Review Group

After more than two years since the publication of the ISBD preliminary consolidated edition, 2007, we present now for your review the following draft.

Clean draft of ISBD for worldwide review

This draft takes into account suggestions received from the previous worldwide review of the preliminary consolidated edition that were not resolved at that time as well as many other issues.

In order to facilitate review, the draft is presented in a marked-up file and also in a clean file, accompanied by a list of revisions.  Comments should be based on the clean draft and refer to the line numbers and stipulation numbers in that draft.

Some changes you will find are as follows:

  • A new Area 0, called “Content Form and Media Type Area”, containing the three elements of (1) content form, (2) content qualification, and (3) media type. After a period of revisions and worldwide review this area was approved in 2009 and published on the IFLA website. It is now included in the ISBD for the first time, and the general material designation has been removed from Area 1;
  • Editorial work to avoid redundancy and achieve more harmonization;
  • Simplification of designating the levels of mandatory, optional and conditional elements to indicate only when an element is mandatory;
  • Clarification of the basis of the description, which constitutes the object of the bibliographic description;
  • More attention to multipart monographic resources;
  • Revision of the sources of information;
  • More consideration of the requirements of nonroman scripts;
  • Removal of stipulations for the description of older monographic resources that did not agree with ISBD practices;
  • Clarification that qualifiers are different from elements; and
  • Inclusion of more definitions in the glossary.

Please respond to this draft no later than 11 July 2010.

Please send your comments and suggestions to Elena Escolano Rodríguez at eescro1@oc.mde.es and also to John Hostage at hostage@law.harvard.edu

Elena Escolano Rodríguez
Chair, ISBD Review Group 

Marked draft of ISBD for worldwide review

List of revisions in the ISBD draft

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