Organisation of library standardisation
Office for Library Standards
The Office for Library Standards (AfS) is an organisational unit of the German National Library. It manages and co-ordinates activities in the different sub-sections, represents its interests on various national and international levels and functions 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.
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.
The expert groups support the work of the offices by offering expert advice on, and discussing and making decisions on drafts. The Committee for Library Standards currently deploys the following expert groups:
- Data Formats expert group
- Cataloguing expert group
The expert groups are generally made up of delegates from the institutions represented on the Committee for Library Standards. If required, the expert groups set up separate groups for specific topics.
Minutes and Statement
All the minutes of the Committee for Library Standards and the expert groups are published (available only in german).Protokolle des Standardisierungsausschusses und der Fachgruppen Archiv der Protokolle des Standardisierungsausschusses und der Expertengruppen (bis 2016) Archiv der Protokolle der Expertengruppe (bis 2007)
Stellungnahme zur Entwicklung der Inhaltserschließung im D-A-CH-Raum (PDF, 22KB, Barrier-free file) (available only in german).
Last update: 11.06.2018