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BIBCO is an international cooperative program for online cataloging; the monographic bibliographic record component of the Program of Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Through BIBCO, institutions contribute and authenticate bibliographic records for international files administered by OCLC. University of Florida joined BIBCO in fall of 1998.


BIBCO authentication is marked on each record and is a sign that each name, subject and uniform title heading is supported by authority control; that the description is complete to the level indicated (full or core); and that descriptive rules are applied from current standards Resource Description and Access (RDA), Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2), and Library of Congress Rule Interpretations.


We participate in the BIBCO program because we believe that sharing of bibliographic records that meet mutually agreed upon standards benefits our patrons today as well as patrons in the future both here and elsewhere. This applies to the records we create or upgrade here and to those contributed by our BIBCO partners which we utilize to describe many books we acquire. We also receive a small credit for the upgrading of bibliographic records to BIBCO in the OCLC database.


Part of the commitment we have to the PCC is the partnership with the Library of Congress in the Electronic Cataloging in Publication (ECIP) Partnership Program. ECIP partner libraries act as virtual Library of Congress cataloging sections to catalog forthcoming titles published by an affiliated university press, selected independent publishers, or in specific subject areas. The University of Florida is one of only eighteen libraries participating in this program.




Prepared by: Jimmie Lundgren

Updated by: Jane Anne Carey


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