Arabic Library Standards in the IFLA Disaster Management Conference

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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina hosts the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Disaster Management Conference. The Conference will be held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Conference Center, Small Theater, Alexandria, Egypt, 23–24 October 2016. The theme of the Conference is Our Heritage at Risk: The Challenges and Response. The Conference draws special attention to disaster management and cultural heritage in the Arab World.

The Disaster Management Conference is attended by eminent figures in the domain of risk mitigation, loss prevention and digital preservation, especially regarding cultural heritage, from all over the world.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), represented in the Arabic Library Standards, attends the Conference, exhibiting the first full translation of MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data in Arabic.

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 by 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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