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Publication of the Collection Metadata Strategy 2019-2023

Tuesday, 2019-04-02

The Library has published its second Collection Metadata Strategy. Foundations for the Future: The British Library's Collection Metadata Strategy 2019-2023 is supplemented by the Collection Metadata Strategy Roadmap 2019-2023.

Its predecessor, Unlocking the future - The British Library's Collection Metadata Strategy, 2015-2018 described the foundational principles, priorities and governance required for centralised management of metadata assets.

The new strategy will build on the achievements of the first and seek to implement a unified systems and standards infrastructure for collection metadata.

Response to the consultation on Subject Standards

Monday, 2016-07-18

The Library is publishing the response to the consultation on the future of the subject and classification schemes we apply to our bibliographic records.

Response to the consultation on Subject Standards

From February to April 2016 we sought the views of our stakeholders; including cataloguers, classifiers and catalogue users regarding:

  • replacement of Library of Congress Subject Headings with FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) developed by OCLC
  • selective introduction of abridged Dewey Decimal Classification

Follow the links below to the original consultation document summarising the findings of our project.

Consultation on Subject Indexing and Classification standards applied by the British Library


For further information please contact:

The British Library
Collection Metadata
Boston Spa, Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS23 7BQ
United Kingdom



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