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Bibliographic Development Department, BL

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Bibliographic Development Department at the British Library

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The British Library\'s Bibliographic Development department coordinates the Library\'s bibliographic activities: metadata, standards, systems and policy. It supports the efficient delivery of a range of resource discovery services and bibliographic products.

By overseeing the British Library\'s contribution to international bibliographic, metadata and related standards development the department seeks to improve the interoperability of bibliographic data and systems.

Areas of Activity

The department provides data for a range of bibliographic products and services including the British National Bibliography. As such it specialises in the transformation of bibliographic data for supply to a variety of customers under licence. It also plays an active role in the development and maintenance of both traditional and emergent library information standards, including: -


This is a non-membership organisation.