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BIBCO is the bibliographic record component program of the PCC. Participants create cataloging records using mutually agreed upon standards. The hallmark of the BIBCO record is that authorized headings support those access points which call for established forms.

Full BIBCO membership is open to PCC NACO institutions who have achieved independence from outside NACO review. PCC leadership would work with any group who wishes to develop a few form of membership within a BIBCO funnel project.

Program requirements: New BIBCO institutions and/or their catalogers:

  • Submit a completed Web-based BIBCO application form with an institutional agreement/commitment to contribute at least 100 bibliographic records annually
  • Are active, independent NACO contributors, meeting quantity and quality goals following NACO training and review in the languages they intend to contribute
  • Are active, independent NACO series authority record contributors, if they exercise the option to trace series in their BIBCO records
  • Have a basic knowledge of the descriptive and subject cataloging procedures and guidelines contained in the RDA, LC-PCC Policy Statments, MARC 21 Bibliographic Format and the MARC 21 Authority Format prior to BIBCO training
  • Have experience applying established subject and classification systems (i.e. LCSH, MeSH, LCC, etc., and their supporting documentation)
  • Have access to the online bibliographic and authority files, including the Library of Congress name and subject authority files
  • Once accepted as a BIBCO library, OCLC members must obtain National Level Enhance authorizations from OCLC in order to contribute BIBCO records to WorldCat. See instructions.
  • Receive training, up to one day in length, either online or at the local institution. Training covers all types of materials, print and non-print.

There are no membership fees to join the BIBCO Program. If an instructor travels to conduct BIBCO training onsite, the institution receiving training covers the travel and accommodation costs. BIBCO institutions do invest time and effort to learn and apply program standards, and to stay current on BIBCO policy and practices.

For further information about BIBCO membership, please contact BIBCO Coordinator.