Information requirements from the national bibliography

Acquisitions librarians require national bibliographies to:

  • Order publications
  • Identify publishers and distributors
  • Determine publication status

Descriptive metadata requirements (for offline files or printed national bibliographies):

Requirements for display of results are similar to collection development librarians i.e.; complete bibliographic records with a link to publisher data to enable accurate ordering of publications. In order to ensure currency, external links, e.g. to books-in-print or publisher sites, are useful.

Publication information should include:

  • Address and contact for publisher
  • Price
  • Availability
  • Rights

Search requirements (for online national bibliographies):

Requirements for searching are similar to cataloguers' i.e. known items and therefore require the same typical access points:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Standard identifiers (e.g. ISBN, ISSN, ISMN)
  • Publication date