May 24, 2022

New Online: Library of Congress Releases Video of Latest BIBFRAME Forum (June 2014)

The June 2014 BIBFRAME [Bibliographic Framework Initiative] Update Forum took place in Las Vegas during the ALA Annual Conference on June 29, 2014.


  • Beacher J.E. Wiggins is director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access at the Library of Congress.
  • Sally Hart McCallum is chief of the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress.
  • Kevin Ford is digital project coordinator in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress.
  • Phil E. Schreur is head of the Metadata Department at the Stanford University Libraries.
  • Andrea Leigh is head of the Moving Image Processing Unit at the National Audiovisual Conservation Center of the Library of Congress in Culpeper, Va.

Direct to BIBFRAME Web Site

See Also: Previous Updates (Video)


BIBFRAME Initiative is the foundation for the future of bibliographic description that happens on the web and in the networked world. It is designed to integrate with and engage in the wider information community and still serve the very specific needs of libraries. The BIBFRAME Initiative will bring new ways to:

Differentiate clearly between conceptual content and its physical/digital manifestation(s)
Unambiguously identify information entities (e.g., authorities)
Leverage and expose relationships between and among entities

In a web-scale world, it is imperative to be able to cite library data in a way that differentiates the conceptual work (a title and author) from the physical details about that work’s manifestation (page numbers, whether it has illustrations). It is equally important to produce library data so that it clearly identifies entities involved in the creation of a resource (authors, publishers) and the concepts (subjects) associated with a resource.

Although the BIBFRAME Initiative will instantiate a new way to represent and exchange bibliographic data – that is, replace the Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC) format – its scope is broader. As an initiative, it is investigating all aspects of bibliographic description, data creation, and data exchange. In addition to replacing the MARC format, this includes accommodating different content models and cataloging rules, exploring new methods of data entry, and evaluating current exchange protocols.

View the Forum

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