Comments and suggestions about this project are welcomed!

Please email:
Alaina-Marie Bassett or
Simon Edwards

Welcome to e4libraries

E4libraries is a BIC project designed to improve the efficiency of the library supply chain through the application of technology and commitment to standards. Its remit covers both public and academic libraries and its focus is on printed books and reading resources delivered digitally. The main focus is on bibliographic information supply, EDI messages, RFID solutions and systems integration within the library service.

The project is overseen by a steering committee of librarians and library experts and is chaired by Martin Palmer of Essex Libraries and its project manager is Simon Edwards. The initial scoping report was published in 2008 and Simon has written a short update covering some of the main developments between 2008 and 2013. This summary can be found here. To access the original 2008 scoping report please click here.


e4libraries Accreditation 2013

This awards scheme is open to UK libraries, library stock suppliers, library management systems suppliers, RFID suppliers, and any other relevant service providers.

The awards are judged by an independent BIC review panel. Applications are confidential and the scheme is free.

This is a great opportunity for library sector organisations to apply for accreditation and demonstrate how standards-based technologies are used in their particular field to offer better service at lower cost.

A first tranche of applications will be reviewed in January 2013 and then as required through the year so don't hesitate to apply. In the event that your organisation is unsuccessful in achieving this award, BIC will provide useful confidential feedback to help with any future application. So you really have nothing to lose!

For a list of accredited organisations, application forms and full details of the scheme, click here.


UK Standard Library Categories - PUBLISHED

This is the new fully updated version of the e4libraries subject headings and it is now published and ready for use. The original scheme has been reviewed by a panel of experts and the new scheme has addressed all the issued raised.

To find out more about the UKSLC subject headings please click here


RFID in Libraries

Any libraries looking to implement RFID would be well advised to read all the advice and guidance available. BIC has commissioned a series of reports and guidelines on various aspects of RFID implementation. For more details click here.


LCF Library Communications Framework

It is recommended that library systems suppliers, library stock suppliers and RFID suppliers would benefit from BIC's work on library interoperability standards seeking to provide an improvement on SIP2 for the communication of data between various systems within the library. For more details click here.


Tendering for RFID Systems

This is an indispensable check-list for any library planning to implement RFID.
Published jointly by BIC and NAG (The National Acquisitions Group) June 2011

See it here.