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BDS and CILIP Offer Free Conference Place

BDS has been invited to partner with CILIP to sponsor a bursary place* at the CILIP 2017 Conference in Manchester on 5-6 July 2017. This is a great opportunity for professional development, particularly for those who would otherwise find it difficult to attend the conference. A highlight of the programme… Read more »

Blackwell’s and BDS Announce New Metadata Contract

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Blackwell’s, the UK’s largest specialist and academic bookseller, has announced a new contract with BDS to provide its core bibliographic and extended data. The deal, which covers data for the bookseller’s website and shops, is a significant one for both BDS and for the industry. As part of the new… Read more »

BDS Living Wage Is National News

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The adoption of the Living Wage by BDS has received attention in the national media. Scotland’s The National online newspaper carries an article highlighting BDS’s commitment to the Living Wage, praising its courage in supporting a rural economy through a fair wage policy. The newspaper interviewed BDS Managing Director, Lesley… Read more »

BDS Integrates With Cloudlibrary

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Public and academic libraries around the world can now integrate MARC data from BDS with bibliotheca’s cloudLibrary™. The new partnership means that when libraries select titles from the cloudLibrary, BDS will automatically be notified and will deliver the full MARC records directly to the library. This creates a seamless experience… Read more »

BDS Expands With Thema

BDS now offer Thema subject categories on its flagship BDSLive service. The move continues the ongoing commitment by BDS to address international metadata standards and follows on from the recent inclusion of UNIMARC and UKSLC standards. Thema is a multilingual, multicultural subject category scheme designed to meet the needs of… Read more »


BDS now offers data in the UNIMARC standard through all its major delivery systems. The move to include the Universal MARC standard comes with the increased international interest in BDS metadata. Originally developed to avoid all the conversion permutations between the twenty different MARC formats, UNIMARC was, in fact, adopted… Read more »

BDS Incorporates UKSLC

BDS now presents UK Standard Library Categories as standard on BDZ and BDSLive, while UKSLC can be switched on as an option for BDS Direct Data Feed, EDI model and Autoresponse customers. UKSLC, originally published as e4libraries Subject Category Headings and subsequently revised into its current format, is based on… Read more »

BDS Featured In Designing Libraries

BDS is centrally featured in this month’s issue of Designing Libraries, the online centre for library design and innovation. In an article entitled “Designing Beautiful Data”, Designing Libraries looks at the history of BDS, what has made it so successful and moves onto the recent rebrand that has seen the… Read more »

LibrariesWest Chooses BDS

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The consortium of seven libraries authorities, LibrariesWest, has chosen BDS for its data supply in a new seven year contract to last until 2023. The deal marks a milestone in BDS’s dominance in library data supply for the UK. With the seven authorities of LibrariesWest signed up to BDS data,… Read more »

BDS Wins Portsmouth Contract

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Portsmouth City Council Library Service has chosen BDS as its new metadata supplier. A 2-year contract (with the option to extend to 5 years) incorporates the supply of metadata and extended content alongside a complete retrospective conversion of the Portsmouth catalogue to bring it up to date with current RDA… Read more »