Latvia National Bibliography

Title The National Bibliography of Latvia
Web site address Data bases of the national bibliography:
Authoritative database, DB of Graphic editions and DB of Rare books and manuscripts:
Start date Began 1920
Period covered 1585 to date
Current size About 3 000 000 records (03.2010.)
Media covered All printed publications (books and serials), articles in periodicals and electronic off-line publications; maps, printed music (in e-catalogue of NLL), graphics (separate database)
General selection criteria Includes resources published in Latvia and “Latvian” resources published throughout the world
Selection criteria for digital resources “Born digital” resources with metadata are included in digital library “Letonica”. Main criteria: on-line books and serials, resources of culture-historical importance, scientific and educational resources, resources with “Latvian” content; harvesting of websites – Latvian domain (.lv)
Exclusions policies applied Computer games, ephemera, news, portals, blogs etc.
Primary organisation responsible for national bibliographic control National Library of Latvia (national bibliographic agency – the Bibliography Institute)
Web site address of national bibliographic agency
Co-operative structures or  relationships supporting the production of the national bibliography ISBN/ISMN and ISSN agencies are part of NBA.
Latvian Book Publishers association:;
Latvian Press Publishers Association:; 
Single integrated or multiple categorised bibliographies There are separate databases:
1) monographs and continuing publications
2) articles in periodicals (analytic bibliography)
3) maps, printed music (in e-catalogue of NLL)
4) graphics (separate database)
5) rare books and manuscripts (separate database)
Sources of bibliographic metadata used to produce national bibliography Data are created in-house and derived from publishers
Relationship to national legal deposit legislation or voluntary deposit arrangements Publications are received under national Legal Deposit Law which includes also e-publications and online publications 
Relationship to national Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) programme CIP programme is co-ordinated by NBA and pre publication records are included in national bibliography database (monographs)
Media & format options Online databases; pdf quarterly
Access options to national bibliographic metadata Web catalogue, Z39.50
Metadata enhancements offered via online services Book jackets; tables of content, annotations
Web 2.0 services offered __
Frequency of service updates Daily 
Target audiences for services Academic / public libraries; publishers; book sellers; researchers; members of the public
Uses made of  services offered Advance notification of publications, acquisition/selection, derived cataloguing, retrospective conversion 
Pricing policy for national bibliographic services For a free basis
Availability of metadata for re-use Without restriction
Metadata formats MARC21
Cataloguing code AACR2
Levels of description offered ISBD
Subject standards LCSH (version in Latvian); UDC (notations are translated into Latvian)
Name authority standards MARC21
Is NBA affiliated to IFLA SC? No

Bibliography, national bibliographies

Last update: 5 October 2012