Bibliographic Management



BNBMARC Currency Survey

This survey measured the currency (or availability at the time required) of BNBMARC records for post 1974 published titles with UK imprints. From 1980 samples have been collected at the stage items were about to be catalogued. Since 1988 a second sample has also been collected of items about to be ordered. The survey ended in March 2005.

An abstract of an article about the survey is available: National library bibliographic record availability: a long term survey Library Resources and Technical Services, vol. 39 (4), Oct. 1995, pp. 345-357

Acquisitions Trends Survey

This survey, carried out by UKOLN and LISU, examined the trends in acquisitions and stock management using the cataloguing stage sample of the BNBMARC Currency Survey from 1980 to 1998. The work was supported by a grant from the BNB research Fund (BNBRF) and a report on the study submitted to BNBRF in January 2000.

Multi-source Record Survey

This survey used the ordering stage sample of the BNBMARC Currency Survey to assess the availability of bibliographic records for the UK imprint on a number of databases and bibliographic services. The survey was carried out from 1996 to 1999.

BNB Record Quality Audit

This survey monitors the accuracy and consistency of records created by the British Library Acquisitions, Processing and Cataloguing Section and the Copyright Agencies Libraries under the Copyright Libraries Shared Cataloguing Programme for the BNB files. This was carried out monthly from July 1994 to December 1997; from 1998 there has been an annual check in March each year.

BLCMP Record Quality Case Study

This case study of record quality in a shared cataloguing database was carried out by UKOLN in 1992-93. An assessment of the quality of records in the BLCMP union catalogue by analysing the edits made to records on the database.

Further information

UKOLN staff who worked on the BNB Currency Surveys were: Ann Chapman, Birgit Kongialis, Alison Holbrook, Janet Kinsella and Alan Seal.

Content by: Ann Chapman of UKOLN.
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