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Arabic Library Standards in the 20th National Conference by the Egyptian Library Association

12 Jul 2017

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina hosts the 20th National Conference, organized by the Egyptian Library Association. The Conference will be held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Conference Center, Small Theater, Alexandria, Egypt, 17–19 July 2017.

The Conference entitled “Reviving Engineering Administration in Libraries, Information Centers and Archives”, aims at reinforcing the latest administrative concepts in relation with the librarianship field, raising support for adopting such concepts to cope with the international trends and for their positive effect on development, and achieving performance quality to assure high-standard outputs.

The Conference features a number of eminent keynote speakers. It is highly attended by library and information science professionals and academics, in addition to prominent participants from the Arab countries who present their experiences, papers, researches and initiatives in the various conference-related scopes.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, represented in the Arabic Library Standards, attends the Conference, exhibiting the first full translation of MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data in Arabic, besides shedding the light on its other projects and products.

MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data in Arabic includes the latest updates—Update 19, with huge selections from Updates 20 and 21, adopting the original arrangement and typography of the English MARC 21. The translation is adapted to meet Arab cataloging rules, provided with examples emphasizing Arab practices. It also covers new cataloging standards, such as Resource Description and Access (RDA).

It is worth mentioning that MARC 21 Formats are standards through which bibliographic information is documented in a machine-readable form. It is considered one of the most efficient systems in data creation and sharing. Hence, the Arabic translation benefits Arab catalogers, providing them with an international standard in their mother tongue.


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