Bibliotheca Alexandrina Launches the Arabic Library Standards Website
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina launched the Arabic Library Standards (ALS) website, on 3 May 2016.
The website addresses a specialized Arab library community, focusing on standards and standardization in bibliographic and authority control. It includes extensive information on the bibliographic standards and tools being developed by Bibliotheca Alexandrina. In addition, it is intended to be a hub for sharing relevant authoritative information and a forum of discussion of the latest developments and best practices in the domain of bibliographic and authority control worldwide.
The ALS website is in both Arabic and English. It has been designed to provide an ultimate user-friendly experience with an uncluttered design and simplified navigation, allowing visitors to quickly spot and access their needs. It has been created with the latest technology, keeping the user’s experience in mind, in order to make it compatible with today's browsers, smart phones, and mobile devices.
By launching the ALS website, an online version of MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data in Arabic will be made available in early May 2016. The online version is a free tailored edition of the full MARC 21 bibliographic format that will be shortly available for acquisition by library institutions and professionals.
It is worth mentioning that the Bibliotheca Alexandrina announced the launch of the MARC 21 format for Bibliographic Data in a press conference on 6 November 2015 on the occasion of The 4th International Summit of the Book, in which it presented the complete physical features and contents of this product.