Arabic Library Standards


MARC 21 Format for Authority Data in Arabic

Key Features of the Format

MARC 21 Format for Authority Data includes fields for cross-referencing, drawing links to headings in other thesauri. It also includes fields for indicative treatment of series.


Arabic Edition Highlights


The Arabic edition of MARC 21 Format for Authority Data is a translation of the original English documentation with the original arrangement, layout and features.


Presents the format in its entirety, not just a selection of the most commonly used fields.


The documentation is adapted to meet Arab cataloging rules, augmented with examples emphasizing Arab practices and featuring Arab Personal and Corporate Names, Subject Headings, etc.


Features various Subject Heading Lists and thesauri  to guarantee diversity, covering a wide variety of practices.

Optimized to RDA

Optimized to new cataloging standards, implementing all the new provisions for Resource Description and Access (RDA), namely 046, 370–378, 385–386, 388, fields, and more, with examples specifically built by Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) specialists to reflect the new cataloging practices.

Accessibility and Relationships

Provides authorized access points, establishing cross-references and drawing relationships between the different records through controlled vocabulary, with special focus on classical and modern Arabic names.