Title Canadiana : the National Bibliography of Canada
Web site address http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/canadiana/Pages/canadiana-national-bibliography.aspx 
Start date Began 1950
Period covered 1756 to date
Current size 31,799,406 records (2017)
Media covered Books, periodicals, newspapers, sound recordings, microforms, notated music, pamphlets, government documents, theses, educational kits, video recordings, maps, and electronic documents.
General selection criteria Includes and describes a wide variety of publications produced in Canada, or published elsewhere but of special interest or significance to Canada.
Selection criteria for digital resources

eBook and eSerials in PDF or EPUB formats may be deposited. Other files formats are not currently accepted. 


Exclusions policies applied Loose-leaf publications for updating and publications of the governments of the Canadian provinces and territories no longer collected as of 2013, among others.
Primary organisation responsible for national bibliographic control Library and Archives Canada
Web site address of national bibliographic agency http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/
Co-operative structures or  relationships supporting the production of the national bibliography
Library and Archives Canada co-ordinates the CIP programme with contribution from Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.
Single integrated or multiple categorised bibliographies Currently records for all publications are included in Amicus, Library and Archives Canada’s online bibliographic database.
Sources of bibliographic metadata used to produce national bibliography Most data is created in-house and through the CIP programme. Some are derived from other libraries via Union Catalogue, a subset of Amicus.
Relationship to national legal deposit legislation or voluntary deposit arrangements Legal deposit is the means by which a comprehensive national library collection is gathered as a record of Canada’s published heritage. Legal deposit applies to all publishers in Canada with some exclusions. Older materials not initially acquired through legal deposit are purchased from book dealers, antiquarians and other sources and are also obtained as gifts. 
Relationship to national Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) programme Library and Archives Canada co-ordinates the CIP programme. Its records are included in Canadiana.
Media & format options

Canadiana is available as an online service and via FTP.  No other formats exist since 2007.

Access options to national bibliographic metadata
Canadiana records are available via FTP and MRDS (MARC Records Distribution Service).
The LAC catalogue and national bibliography moved to Aurora in late 2018.
Metadata enhancements offered via online services None
Web 2.0 services offered None
Frequency of service updates Continuously updated.
Target audiences for services Academic, public, special, and national libraries, researchers, members of the public, publishers etc. both in Canada and abroad.
Uses made of  services offered Notification of new and forthcoming publications for selection and acquisition; reference queries; deriving of authoritative high quality records, with Canadiana control numbers and also with ISBN and ISSN, for inclusion in local library catalogues.
Pricing policy for national bibliographic services The LAC catalogue and national bibliography will move to a new host system in late 2018, and this will affect the pricing policy.
Availability of metadata for re-use Yes, bibliographic metadata is released into the public domain.
Metadata formats MARC 21
Cataloguing code AACR2, RDA (since 2013)
Levels of description offered

Internal policy identifies the levels of description offered.


Subject standards Library of Congress Subject Headings, Répertoire de vedettes-matière (RVM), Canadian Subject Headings, LC Genre/Form Terms, LC Demographic Group Terms, LC Medium of Performance Terms, RVM Genre/Forme, RVM Groupes démographiques, RVM Moyens d'exécution en musique, Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress Classification, depending on the level of cataloguing.
Name authority standards

Up to 2018, LAC adhered to internal policies for both English and French-language authorities, as the library responsible for Canadiana authorities. https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/canadiana/canadiana-authorities/Pages/canadiana-authorities.aspx.

As of 2018, LAC English-language authorities are contributed to NACO.

Is NBA affiliated to IFLA SC? Yes
Date information submitted October 16, 2017
Information supplied by Sarah Stacy, Manager, Bibliographic Description Section