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Bibliographic Control and Identifiers: how do the national libraries and bibliographic agencies in Latin American countries deal with it?

By Sandra Martín


The objective of this work is to know the degree of insertion of bibliographic, institutional and person identifiers in the bibliographic control process in national libraries and/or national bibliographic agencies of the Latin American countries that are members of the Association of Ibero-American States for Development. of the National Libraries of Ibero-America (ABINIA), -Spain and Portugal are excluded-. The study was based on documentary research with a qualitative strategy around the analysis of identifiers. We proceeded to consult, observe, read, analyze and interpret the web pages of national libraries, national bibliographic agencies and the official websites of each of the identifiers. The results and conclusions show that the Latin American national libraries rely solely and exclusively on two bibliographic identifiers for the registration of legal deposit and the preparation of national bibliographies: the ISBN (books) and the ISSN (periodical publications) and on to a lesser extent in the ISMN (music publications, sheet music, etc.). The inexistence of networks of bibliographic agencies and agencies that manage identifiers that work collaboratively with national libraries show the limitations that exist in the dissemination of documentary heritage and, therefore, the limitations to be able to carry out exhaustive universal bibliographic control.

Keywords: bibliographic identifiers, institutional identifiers, person identifiers, national libraries, bibliographic agencies, bibliographic control


El presente trabajo tiene como objetivo conocer el grado de inserción de los identificadores bibliográficos, institucionales y de personas en el proceso de control bibliográfico en las bibliotecas nacionales y/o agencias bibliográficas nacionales de los países latinoamericanos integrantes de la Asociación de Estados Iberoamericanos para el Desarrollo de las Bibliotecas Nacionales de Iberoamérica (ABINIA), – se excluye España y Portugal-. El estudio se basó en una investigación en sitios web con una estrategia cualitativa en torno al análisis de los identificadores. Se procedió a la consulta, observación, lectura, análisis e interpretación de las páginas web de las bibliotecas nacionales, de las agencias bibliográficas nacionales y de los sitios web oficiales de cada uno de los identificadores. Los resultados y las conclusiones dan cuenta que las bibliotecas nacionales latinoamericanas se basan para el registro del depósito legal y la elaboración de las bibliografías nacionales, única y exclusivamente en dos identificadores bibliográficos: el ISBN (libros) y el ISSN (publicaciones periódicas) y en menor medida en el ISMN (publicaciones de música, partituras, etc.). La inexistencia de redes de agencias bibliográficas y de agencias administradoras de identificadores que trabajen colaborativamente con las bibliotecas nacionales muestran las limitaciones que existen en la difusión del patrimonio documental y por ende de las limitaciones para poder concretar un exhaustivo control bibliográfico universal.

Palabras clave: Identificadores bibliográficos, Identificadores institucionales, Identificadores de personas, Bibliotecas nacionales, Agencias bibliográficas, Control bibliográfico

Martín, Sandra Gisela. (2023). El papel de los identificadores bibliográficos, institucionales y de personas en el control bibliográfico. Información, Cultura y Sociedad, (49), 71-89. https://doi.org/10.34096/ics.i49.13099 ISSN: 851-1740

Bibliographic Information in Digital Culture, 3rd International Bibliographic Congress, April 27-30, 2021

This III International Bibliographic Congress was organized by the State Public Scientific and Technical Library of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPSTL SB RAS), Novosibirsk. It follows the first congress held in 2010 at the Russian National Library and the second in 2015 at the Russian State Library.

Originally to be held in-person in Novosibirsk in September 2020, organizers had to rethink the formula and chose a new date. Re-conceiving the congress format to online, sessions were held during a time-slot broadly convenient to European and Central Asian participants. This opened awareness of the Congress to a broader audience and made it accessible beyond Russia. Statistics presented at the closing session showed 1180 registrants from 32 countries on 5 continents, 950 registrants were from all over Russia. Originally planned for 3 days, the Congress was extended to a fourth day as a total of 112 presentations had to be accommodated.

With its focus on bibliography, the Congress has a clear interest to the Bibliography Section. IFLA colleagues participated in organizing panels, moderating a session and presenting at the plenary session and at concurrent sessions.

The Congress started on April 27 with a plenary session, which included a welcome from Christine Mackenzie, IFLA President, and eight presentations, three from IFLA colleagues.

  • Mauro Guerrini: New perspectives of the Universal Bibliographic Control in the digital era
  • Mathilde Koskas: Report from the Chair of IFLA’s Bibliography Section: National Bibliographies and national bibliographic metadata in the age of mass information
  • Caroline Saccucci: Library of Congress CIP Program: Collecting the U.S. National Imprint

There were two panels at the end of the first day:

  • Using DOI in bibliographic reference – present and prospects for the future (recording)
  • МARC: Replace or remain? Moderator: Caroline Saccucci; panelists: Sally McCallum, Regina Reynolds, Nathan Putnam, Boris Rodionovich Loginov, Olga Nikolaevna Zhlobinskaya. (recording)

On April 28, the session “Modern directions for national bibliography – Bibliographic activities in the national libraries around the world” had reports from the national libraries of China, Bulgaria, Belarus, France, United Kingdom, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and several from Russia. The session “Collaborative cataloging as a form of bibliographic interaction between libraries”, moderated by Renate Behrens, chair of the IFLA Committee on Standards, included reports on aspects of union catalogues, authority files and standards from Russia, Iran, Germany, Italy, China, Canada, and Poland. Section members Aliya Saidembayeva (National Library of Kazakhstan) and Marina Neshcheret (Russian State Library) were among those who presented reports.

All recordings from the Congress are available on YouTube, individual sessions are best accessed from the Connect link in the Congress program. Very unfortunately the simultaneous translation is not captured, so that the Russian presentations are not accessible to a non-Russian speaking audience.