Appointments: ISBD Review Group Committee Member

Term: August 2021-August 2025

Appointments will be made by parent committees in June – August 2021.


The ISBD Review Group overseas the production, management and promotion of IFLA’s International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD), which is intended to serve as a principal standard to promote universal bibliographic control. It aims to make universally and promptly available, in a form that is internationally acceptable, basic bibliographic data for all published resources in all countries. The Review Group provides a central coordinating body to which any IFLA ISBD-related issues can be directed. The ISBD Review Group reports to the IFLA Committee on Standards and is linked with the IFLA Cataloguing Section. Read more about the Group.

Who can stand for this position?

Anyone can stand. Candidates do not have to be an IFLA Member or Affiliate and if elected, are elected in their own right and not as the representative of their employer or nominator. ISBD Review Group Members require a skill set specific to the work, to be successful.

What is the term of office?

The term of office is four (4) years from 2021 – 2025. The term is renewable once, although individuals would need to stand again for re-election.

What are the roles and responsibilities for this position?

Individuals involved in this committee can expect to:

  • Promote the use, translation into various languages and implementation of the ISBD in library systems and services. It is anticipated that national or international committees responsible for preparing codes of cataloguing rules will use the ISBD as the basis for their rules on description of library materials to describe all aspects of each resource, including its content, its carrier, and its mode of issuance.
  • Prepare documentation for any revisions of the standard;
  • Monitor developments in the publishing and other relevant communities that have impact on the content form, media type, and mode of issuance of library resources; 
  • Explore and further develop the representation of the ISBD in the W3C RDF standard to enhance the portability of bibliographic data in the Semantic Web environment, and the interoperability of the ISBD with other content standards; 
  • Take part in activities regarding alignment of ISBD data elements with IFLA’s bibliographic conceptual models;  
  • Continue activities on harmonization of the ISBD, ISSN, RDA and other national and international cataloguing rules;
  • Co-ordinate other activities regarding ISBD user communities requirements concerning development of the ISBD. 

What skills and attributes do I need for this position?

Candidates for this position should be able to demonstrate:

  • expertise, experience and interest in the subject of bibliographic data and control; previous experience connected with the ISBD or other IFLA standards, expertise in cataloguing, metadata management and library-related conceptual models;
  • proven ability to contribute meaningfully as part of a committee, in order to develop work that supports the wider library field;  
  • willingness and ability to devote time and energy to the role – this is usually a few hours per month; 
  • time allowance to prepare and attend meetings of the Review Group, and financial resources to attend at least the IFLA annual Congress; 
  • an ability to act with respect, trust, confidentiality and transparency and recognize the need to protect personal and privileged information. They must declare any conflicts of interest and abstain from discussions where they have a conflict or potential conflict of interest. 

How many nominations do I need?

Each candidate requires one (1) nomination for this position.

Who can be a nominator?

Association Members, Institution Members and Honorary Fellows can nominate for this position.

They have received an election email containing information describing how they can submit a nomination.

How many candidates can each Member nominate for this position?

Each Member can nominate six (6) candidates for this position.

How do I find a nominator?

Check the list of IFLA Members and Association Affiliates found on the Membership page. Contact IFLA members in your country or region and ask if they are willing to nominate you.

How do I submit my nominee consent form?

Those wishing to stand as a candidate will need to submit a nominee consent form for this position. This should be done once a nominator has been found. In this form you will also be asked to provide a 200 word statement describing how you demonstrate the skills and attributes required.

A nomination only becomes valid when there is a match between the number of required nominations and a completed nominee consent form.