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Course summary

Training focuses on the BIBCO standard record for monographic materials in various formats. It prepares experienced catalogers to contribute BIBCO program records to shared databases. It identifies the elements of the BIBCO standard record. It also presents the floor-level record model and options to add elements to it to create a record that fits the particular resource and satisfies local cataloging policy.


BIBCO Training Prerequisites

Participants receiving BIBCO training should be experienced in using recognized descriptive and subject cataloging standards. In addition, they should already be skilled in preparing name authority records for the NACO program. The BSR training documentation does not include basic teaching of cataloging rules or rules in preparing authority records. However, it is expected that during the training some questions about specific use of a rule might need to be addressed by the trainer.

Learning Objectives—At the end of this course, participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify the characteristics of a BIBCO Standard Record (BSR)
  2. Apply the Metadata Application Profile (MAP) to provide required elements in BSR records
  3. Understand how cataloger judgment and local policy can affect the choice of additional elements beyond those mandatory and mandatory if applicable elements used in a BSR
  4. Apply BIBCO cataloging standards in support of cataloger judgment
  5. Use established name and subject authority headings to support BSR access points

Training Scenarios

The training documentation is intended to be used online. Catalogers are provided with specifics of the BSR, what MAPs contain, and how they are used together to describe and give access to library resources. Examples of records in each format represent the idea of records being “as full as is necessary.” Discussion points assist catalogers in learning how decisions are made about user needs, cataloger judgment, and local policy, while reinforcing the characteristics of the BSR.

The training documentation can be used in one of two training scenarios. In the first scenario, a trainer would be on-site to go through the online documentation with the catalogers. During and after the session, the trainer is available to answer questions and initiate discussions about any of the BSR concepts. In the second scenario, catalogers would read the online documentation at their own institution. A trainer would address questions and promote discussion either by conference call, e-mail, or any other means that can be set up. It is expected that either training session will last up to one day depending on the number of catalogers.

Record Review Follows Training

After training, the catalogers at the institution will prepare a designated number of bibliographic records to be reviewed by the trainer. Only after a successful review is completed for all the catalogers will the institution be released for its catalogers to prepare BSRs on their own.

The BIBCO Standard Record

Characteristics of the BSR
BIBCO standard record terminology

The Metadata Application Profile (MAP)

Descriptive fields 
Access fields 
Series in BSR MAPs 
Upgrading copy 


Understanding the BSR concepts, MAPs, and terminology
Impact of BSRs on the local institution

Using the Metadata Application Profiles (MAPs) and BSR examples
Each BSR MAP is discussed with examples.
  • BSR for Textual Monographs 
  • BSR for Rare Books 
  • BSR for Cartographic Materials
  • BSR for Notated Music
  • BSR for Sound Recordings
  • BSR for Moving Image Materials
  • BSR for Graphic Materials
  • BSR for Electronic Resources