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Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information (MARBI) Committee

The ALCTS/LITA/RUSA Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information Committee (MARBI) is the body within the American Library Association responsible for developing official ALA positions on standards for the representation in machine-readable form of bibliographic information. MARBI focuses its attention on the development of the MARC format.

A thorough introduction to MARBI and its work is available in the pamphlet, The MARC21 Formats: Background and Principles

Working Documents

These working documents are intended to facilitate the participation by users in the maintenance of the MARC21 format, and, in particular, to support reviews by MARBI, the MARC Advisory Committee, and other groups that are format stakeholders. The agendas and minutes are from MARBI meetings. The proposals and discussion papers for MARC 21 are prepared by the maintenance bodies, the Library of Congress, the Library and Archives Canada, and the British Library, with the assistance of the proposal originators and other experts.

Current Agenda: http://www.loc.gov/marc/marbi/marcadvz.html
Meeting Minutes: http://www.loc.gov/marc/marbi/minutes/minutes.html
Proposals: http://www.loc.gov/marc/marbi/list-p.html
Discussion Papers: http://www.loc.gov/marc/marbi/list-dp.html

MARBI Resources

MARC Standards home page
(Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office)
MARC documentation
(Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office)
MARC Formats Proposed Change Form
(Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office)
MARC Forum
(Library of Congress)

Other Related Links

Understanding MARC Bibliographic: Machine Readable Cataloging
www.loc.gov/marc/umb

MARC 21 (National Library of Canada)
www.nlc-bnc.ca/marc/index-e.html

Moving to MARC 21 (British Library)
www.bl.uk/services/bibliographic/marc21move.html

Committee

Charge: To encourage the creation of needed standards for the representation in machine-readable form of bibliographic information; to review and evaluate proposed standards; to recommend approval of standards in conformity with ALA policy (especially the ALA Standards Committee); to establish a mechanism for continuing review of standards (including the monitoring of further development). To provide commentary on the content of various implementations of standards to concerned agencies; to maintain liaison with concerned units within ALA and relevant outside agencies.

MARBI consists of nine voting members and three interns. MARBI deliberations also include members of the MARC Advisory Committee, which includes ex-officio representatives of national libraries and bibliographic utilities, and several dozen non-voting liaisons from ALA units and from non-ALA organizations with an interest in issues of library automation standards. This committee is an advisory committee to the Library of Congress.

Membership:


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Last Revised: January 29, 2010

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MARBI; ALCTS/LITA/RUSA MARBI (Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information) Committee; ALCTS
Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information (MARBI) Committee is the body within the American Library Association responsible for developing official ALA positions on standards for the representation in machine-readable form of bibliographic information. MARBI focuses its attention on the development of the MARC format.