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What is the Committee for Library Standards?

The Committee for Library Standards is a cooperative alliance of major academic libraries in the Federal Republic of Germany, the regional library networks of the Federal Republic of Germany, representatives of the Austrian and Swiss library systems, the public libraries of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany and ekz Bibliotheksservice GmbH. Its aim is to ensure that uniform standards are used for cataloguing, formats and interfaces in libraries. The Committee for Library Standards is responsible for the aforementioned fields of library standardisation and makes fundamental decisions on technical issues.

Dr. Silke Schomburg, Head of the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum of North Rhine-Westphalia (hbz) is Chairperson of the Committee for Library Standards.

Who are the members of the Committee for Library Standards?

  • Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
  • Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
  • Bibliotheksverbund Bayern
  • Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund der Länder Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein und Thüringen
  • Hessisches Bibliotheksinformationssystem
  • Kooperativer Bibliotheksverbund Berlin-Brandenburg
  • Nordrhein-westfälischer Bibliotheksverbund
  • Südwestdeutscher Bibliotheksverbund
  • Österreichische Bibliothekenverbund und Service GmbH as the library representative of Austria
  • Schweizerische Landesbibliothek
  • Represention of the public library systems
  • Ständige Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
  • ekz - Bibliotheksservice GmbH

Who is entitled to vote (within the Committee for Library Standards)?

Each member of the Committee for Library Standards has the right to vote. Guests are not entitled to vote. The Committee constitutes a forum as soon as more than half of its members are present.

How can you explain the composition of the Committee for Library Standards?

The Committee has been composed from delegates of institutes and libraries playing an essential role as data suppliers and in data exchange.

How do the Office for Library Standards and the Committee for Library Standards connect with each other?

The Office for Library Standards is an organisational unit of the German National Library. Its task is to lead and to co-ordinate the work in the different subareas; it represents the interests in committees on the national and international levels, and it works as the administrative office of the Committee for Library Standards.

Is the Office for Library Standards a member of the Committee for Library Standards?

The German National Library is a member of the Committee for Library Standards. The Office for Library Standards works as the administrative office of the Committee for Library Standards but is not a member itself and thereby is not entitled to vote.

Which tasks the Office for Library Standards has to perform?

The Office for Library Standards is an organisational unit of the German National Library. Its task is to lead and to co-ordinate the work in the different subareas; it represents the interests in committees on the national and the international levels, and it works as the administrative office of the Committee for Library Standards. The offices of the different sub-sections are also organisational units of the German National Library. They are entrusted with special tasks, such as developing, refining, introducing and maintaining library standards. The following sub-sections exist at present: Office for Cataloguing Codes, Office for Authority Files, and Office for Data Formats.

What steps have been taken to ensure that the Committee for Library Standards does not hand down decisions taken from "on high"?

The Committee for Library Standards currently deploys the following expert groups: Data Formats expert group and Cataloguing expert group. The expert groups support the work of the seconded staff by providing expert advice and discussing and making decisions on drafts which are then presented to the Committee for Library Standards for resolution.

What are provisional minutes?

The Office for Library Standards takes the minutes during the meetings of the Committee for Library Standards. The minutes shall be sent to the members of the comittee within a month. If no requests for amendments reached the Office for Library Standards within 4 weeks, the minutes automatically are considered as approved. The Committee for Library Standards decides on requests for amendments during the next meeting. Until their approvement these minutes are to be seen as provisional then. To inform the public about the results of the meetings nevertheless early the minutes are posted on the server of the German National Library after the four-weeks period for objection has expired.

Last update: 10.02.2017

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