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National Bibliography and web publications: initiatives of the IFLA Bibliography Section. Bohdana Stoklasová Maja Žumer Beacher Wiggins. Authors. Bohdana Stoklasová (chair 2001-2005, new chair Unni Knutsen ) Maja Žumer – chair of the Working group on (electronic) national bibliography
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[Strategic Plan 2004-2005]
The Bibliography Section furthers universal bibliographic control (UBC) by promoting standards and best practices in the production, content, arrangement, dissemination and preservation of bibliographic information.
In the context of UBC the Section is particularly concerned with the work of national bibliographic agencies. It is also concerned with the promotion of the importance of the discipline of bibliography to library professionals in all types of libraries, to publishers, distributors and retailers, and to end-users. While taking full account of technological capabilities, the Section will ensure that its solutions are not necessarily dependent on particular technologies.
The Section is closely associated with the other sections within the Division of Bibliographic Control
Where appropriate, it cooperates with other
divisions and sections.
Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
A high percentage of electronic resources are given bibliographic description
Fixed resources: 18 agencies
Remote resources: different types included in different countries:
NB [only] 50 years ago and today
»The ideal [current national] bibliography is conceived as a complete listing of all books, documents, pamphlets, serials, and other printed matter published within the bounds of a single country and within the time limits of the previous year or less« (Conover, 1955).
National bibliography in the modern sense of the word is defined as a cumullation of the authoritative and comprehensive records of the national imprint (i.e., products of the national publishing industry) of a country, published regularly, and with the least possible delay. It is produced in accordance with international standards by the national bibliographic agency. Publication details and authorship are investigated and verified in detail.
commercial and non-commercial sector, also government and official publishers use national bibliographies to analyze the market and competition
similar to collection development and acquisition librarians. In addition they may perform the function of a reference librarian and possibly even refer customers to libraries (or Google, Yahoo…?) for out-of-print publications