The BIC Bibliographic Standards Group reviews and promotes bibliographic and related standards, with particular reference to libraries. It is the UK advisory committee to the British Library for the revision of the MARC 21 (Machine-Readable Cataloguing) formats.
Process for MARC 21 Revision
The MARC 21 formats for bibliographic, authority, holdings, classification, and community information are maintained by the Library of Congress, Library and Archives Canada and the British Library.
A proposal or discussion paper for changing the formats can be produced by any MARC 21 user. UK users can submit papers to the Bibliographic Standards Group for review. They are then edited by the Library of Congress and distributed electronically via the MARC Forum email discussion list and the MARC development web site. To submit a paper for review, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bibliographic Standards Group reviews all discussion papers and proposals when they are distributed twice a year, and comments are submitted to the American Library Association's (ALA) Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information (MARBI) committee in January and June. MARBI formally votes on proposals, although final authority rests with the Library of Congress, Library and archives Canada and the British Library. The British Library represents the Group at the MARBI meetings.
Lis-ukbibs is an email discussion list for bibliographic standards in the UK. Follow the link for joining instructions and the archive.
The minutes of the Bibliographic Standards Group are available here.
Members of the Bibliographic Standards Group are appointed by BIC, aiming for representation across the range of libraries and related organisations with an interest in bibliographic standards. Chiefly this includes the British Library, academic libraries, public libraries, special libraries, bibliographic agencies, library systems suppliers, library materials suppliers and the Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG) of the Chartered Institute of library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
The Bibliographic Standards Group also endeavours to consult more widely on issues of sectoral or special interest, chiefly through email discussion lists. If you would like to ensure that your sector or special interest area is consulted on relevant MARBI proposals or any other metadata developments being considered by the Group, please contact the Chair of the Group, Terry Willan.
Essex County Council Libraries
Bibliographic Data Services Limited
Co-operative of Indic Language Library Authorities (CILLA)
Reading University Library
Worcestershire Health ICT Services
Capita Software Services (chair of the Group)