Academic Libraries

Accurate and rich catalogue records have never been more important. BDS provides a range of services for academic libraries to aid cataloguing and resource discovery.

The BDS Academic Library Licence

The BDS Academic Library Licence revolutionises the supply of metadata records to UK academic institutions by enabling the sharing of BDS records between libraries, and by providing a model where the cost of record creation is shared across the academic community.

A high-quality MARC record is supplied to an agreed standard for all formats of material, whether physical, digital or Open Access.

BDS’s licence scheme addresses the recommendations from the National Acquisitions Group’s (NAG) “Quality of Shelf-Ready Metadata” report, and recognises the aims of Plan M for the metadata ecosystem. We are in discussion with JISC around how the Academic Library Licence might work in conjunction with the National Bibliographic KnowledgeBase (NBK).

The BDS Academic Library Licence has been developed in response to market conditions and following discussion with key industry stakeholders at the academic stock suppliers, metadata experts, SUPC, NAG and JISC.

BDS provides a dedicated Helpdesk for any queries.

Contact BDS now to find out more about the Academic Library Licence.

Content and Standards

BDS metadata for academic libraries covers books, e-books, and Open Access English language titles.

For more information visit our Content and Standards section.

Retrospective Conversion

BDS offers several services for academic libraries wanting to improve their local catalogues. Find out more on our Retrospective Conversion page.

Enriched Content

BDS offers a wide range of enriched content to accompany its core catalogue metadata, including images and TOCs.

Further details are available in the Enriched Content section of our website.

Academic Stock Suppliers

BDS records are available for English language print, eBooks and Open Access titles.

For more information see our section on Academic Stock Suppliers.

Contact BDS now to find out more about our services to academic libraries.