“The issue of poor or variable quality bibliographic metadata has been ongoing in the sector for a number of years. We see the BDS Academic Library Licence as a way of consolidating our supply, ensuring predictable costs, and guaranteeing a level of consistency.”Andrew Knight, Acquisitions and Content Services Manager, Imperial College London
The BDS Academic Library Licence offers full, book-in-hand MARC records on or before publication for new additions to stock.
The ALL covers English language print, ebook or open access titles published after 1st January 2010 or for which BDS already has a full record. Subscribers also access the complete BDS database so that records can be downloaded to upgrade existing holdings. Thus, the licence covers most records required by UK and Irish universities.
Once these reliable BDS records are in the LMS, efficiencies across the entire supply chain are generated. Cataloguers no longer need to spend time quality-checking records because BDS records adhere to all current agreed library standards.
With the BDS ALL, confidence in the metadata loaded into library systems is restored. Moreover, seamless, hands-off delivery of MARC records dovetails with orders and workflows. So, there is no need for any intervention by library staff.
How Does it Work?
Through collaboration with academic library suppliers and library systems suppliers, BDS ensures that subscribing libraries receive the catalogue records they require at point of purchase. BDS also delivers records to fit with your library’s existing workflows.
A dedicated Helpdesk for Licence holders provides direct access to BDS’s expert team who will then help with cataloguing queries.
WHY CHOOSE ALL?
BDS staff undertake a rigorous in-house training programme to become proficient in all major metadata standards.
Our representatives sit on national and international committees and working parties while BDS is active in sponsoring events related to metadata.
FREEING UP CATALOGUERS
By providing high-quality, library-customised records, the ALL frees up cataloguers to engage in other activities which require their specialist knowledge and expertise, such as maintaining reading list systems, providing advice and guidance on metadata management for research repositories, or cataloguing special collections.
BDS provides high-quality MARC records in response to orders for ebook titles in the same manner as orders for print books. BDS works closely with ebook publishers and aggregators to ensure that ebook records are available as early in the publishing cycle as possible.
NEW METADATA STANDARDS
BDS staff have a long history of involvement in national and international standards committees. This ensures that our records adhere to the latest developments.
BDS was the first cataloguing agency in the world to implement RDA to all new records under the auspices of delivering metadata to the British Library for the CIP Programme.
BibFrame and Linked Open Data
BDS is ready to respond to the introduction of BibFrame and linked open data into the library metadata environment. BDS is already working with the British Library to introduce ISNI into our records and BDS is developing towards the inclusion the URIs of vocabulary encoding schemes such as RDA list of terms – a key step towards linked open data.
BDS works collaboratively with its academic library customers. A User Group shapes the Academic Library Licence. This ensures that it meets the needs of the UK HE library community, now and in the future.
Contact Heather Sherman to find out how your library can benefit from the BDS Academic Library Licence.