Bibliotheca Alexandrina Launches the Online Version of MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data in Arabic
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina has launched the online version of MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data in Arabic.
The online version is accessible through the Arabic Bibliographic Standards (ABS) website, launched earlier this May. It is a free edition that provides Arab catalogers with a selection of the most commonly used fields in cataloging monographic, serial items in particular, and it adopts a tailored field description structure.
The online version covers until the 21st update, published in September 2015, featuring the complete Format Summary of the bibliographic format and the core fields accommodating emerging cataloging rules, i.e. Resource Description and Access (RDA), manifested in fields 264, 336, 337, and 338. It includes Arabic examples boosting Arab cataloging rules and practices.
The online version of MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data in Arabic introduces the release of the complete print edition of three volumes. Intended to be available for acquisition by users and institutions, the print edition is a complete Arabization of the original MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data as published by the Library of Congress.
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