MARC Formats Transition Interest Group (LITA / ALCTS)


To provide a forum to educate the library community on the marc formats, their purposes, uses, developments, and implementations; as well as to encourage the use and implementation of the formats.


Mr. Richard N. Leigh (Chair, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2010)
Valerie Edmonds-Merritt (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2008, to May 1, 2015)
Mary Taylor (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2015)

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Conference Activities

Midwinter 2015

The ALCTS/LITA MARC Formats Transition Interest Group is hosting two presentations during its 
meeting at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Chicago. The meeting will be held on Saturday, 
January 31, from 3:00-4:00pm, in McCormick Place West, Room W187a.
The program will feature the following presentations:
Experiments in BIBFRAME: A modular approach
Nancy Fallgren, Metadata Specialist Librarian, National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine has been collaborating with Library of Congress on BIBFRAME
development and experimentation from the Early Experimenters to the current Implementers.  The 
goal of BIBFRAME is to develop a data sharing standard to replace MARC that is web-based, 
flexible, and extensible beyond the traditional library cataloging community (i.e., rule agnostic). To 
that end, NLM is focusing on flexibility and extensibility by experimenting  with a 'modular' 
approach to BIBFRAME. This modeling approach is comprised of a core BIBFRAME vocabulary 
designed to be extended with existing descriptive schemes already developed by the various 
sectors of the cultural heritage community. Nancy will talk about this approach and the status of 
NLM's experimentation.
Xiaoli Li, Co-head of Content Support Services Department, University of California Davis
BIBFLOW is a two-year project of the UC Davis University Library and Zepheira, funded by IMLS. Its 
official title is "Reinventing Cataloging: Models for the Future of Library Operations" and we are 
investigating the future of library technical services, i.e., cataloging and related workflows, in light 
of modern technology infrastructure such as the Web and new data models and formats such as 
Resource Description and Access (RDA) and BIBFRAME, the new encoding and exchange format in 
development by the Library of Congress. Xiaoli Li will be provide an update on the progress of this work.


The MARC Formats Interest Group was established in 1990; renewed in 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2004.  To contribute information about the history of this interest group, contact LITA's Web Coordinating Committee at

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