DescribeNZ

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Types of Library Standards

Five categories of library standards are described in this section including: 

  1.       those for the exchange of catalogue records, e.g MARC21
  2.       those to describe and provide access to library resources, e.g. AACR2
  3.       controlled vocabularies used to provide authorised terms for name, subject, geographic etc. headings,e.g. MESH 
  4.       classification schemas to organise collections e.g. Dewey Decimal Classification
  5.         Holdings, e.g  ANSI/NISO Z39.71 Holdings Statements for Bibliographic Items

Each category contains a short explanation, a general guiding principle, lists international standards and national standards and National Union Catalogue requirements.