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The Library of Congress > Cataloging, Acquisitions > PCC > BIBCO > BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) Metadata Application Profiles (MAPS)

The BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) is a “model” for bibliographic monographic records using a single encoding level in a shared database environment. Catalogers satisfy BSR requirements when creating and/or modifying bibliographic records, and determine the level of fullness that best suits the resources in their collections and the needs of their users.

The BSR is a floor record which emphasizes access points over extensive, redundant descriptive data. It provides catalogers with a set of mandatory elements and mandatory if applicable elements appropriate to various bibliographic formats. These elements have been determined to support user needs to find, identify, select, and obtain resources. Authority records must support controlled access points in a BSR.

Elements in the BSR Metadata Application Profiles (MAPs) are accompanied by use values and, in some cases, prescription for subfields or other basic points. It is recognized that institutions may not want or need to use the BSR for every material type. BSRs for all material types share these Characteristics (PDF, 22 KB).

RDA-Based BSR MAP [current]

The BSR RDA Metadata Application Profile includes elements applicable to archival materials, audio recordings, cartographic resources, electronic resources (if cataloged in the computer file format), graphic materials, moving images, notated music, rare materials, and textual monographs. The BSR RDA MAP is arranged in RDA element order.

AACR2-Based BSR MAPs [superseded]

The BSR AACR2 MAPs below are obsolete and should not be used in current BIBCO cataloging. They are archived here for historical interest only. Elements in the MAPs are arranged in MARC field order. 

BSR Task Group Reports

BIBCO Standard Record Task Group Final Reports (AACR2) July 16, 2010
RDA and the BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) for Textual Monographs May 5, 2012 (Word, 131 KB)

Pre-BSR BIBCO Standards [superseded]