Bibliographic Formats and Standards is a guide to the bibliographic information about records in WorldCat. It provides tagging conventions, input standards, and guidelines for entering information in WorldCat records.
The OCLC WorldCat Quality Management Division is revising Bibliographic Formats and Standards (BFAS). We have finished incorporating the changes to BFAS that were part of the OCLC-MARC Updates for 2012 and 2013, which were documented in Technical Bulletins 261 and 262.
The larger job of revising BFAS in its entirety is ongoing and includes such changes as:
This process of review and revision is a huge undertaking that will happen gradually over time. This means you will see changes occurring throughout BFAS at frequent and irregular intervals (the date of the most recent update appears at the bottom of each page). As a result, there may be periods during which the book is inconsistent. Any such periods will be temporary.
We have brought together on the OCLC About RDA page links to LC, OCLC, and other documentation about RDA. These include the current OCLC RDA Policy Statement and a recorded Webinar that takes an in-depth look at that policy statement. Many cataloging communities (including AV, music, maps, etc.) are working on their own RDA best practices documents and we will be providing links to those as they become available.
Please send any questions or concerns to AskQC@oclc.org.
Information from Technical Bulletin 260: OCLC-MARC Format Update 2011. In addition to changes from the technical bulletin, this revision also includes miscellaneous changes throughout.
Chapter 5: Quality Assurance revised to reflect that the changes of the Expert Community Experiment have been made permanent.
Information from Technical Bulletin 257: OCLC-MARC Format Update 2009.
|2008 September||Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 4th edition. For more information, see Major Differences Between Third and Fourth Editions.|
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