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ISO 6630:1986, Bibliographic control characters

Our busy ALA Voting representative to NISO, Cindy Hepfer, has notified us of a systematic review ballot of the published standard, ISO 6630:1986, Bibliographic control characters.

According to the scope note in the standard:

“This International Standard contains a set of 15 bibliographic control characters for use in cataloguing rules, filing rules and indexing rules of the countries and language groups of the bibliographic community. The bibliographic control character set is an extension of the basic control character set defined by IS0 646 (IS0 escape sequence ESC 2/l 4/O). This International Standard consists of a code table and a legend specifying each bibliographic control character and indicating its code position. In addition, it includes explanatory notes, in which the functional characteristics of the individual control characters are described in detail. This bibliographic control character set is primarily intended for the interchange of bibliographic information.”

This is another of those situations where ALA advises NISO, and NISO votes. Those wishing to review this standard with an eye to providing feedback to Cindy should apply to her directly at (I’d appreciate it if you would copy me at on your request so I can track responses to these announcements).

Cindy also reminds us that in the absence of other recommendations, ALA will recommend that NISO vote to confirm ‘ISO 6630:1986, Bibliographic control characters’ (with comments, if any).

The deadline for input to Cindy is no later than: Monday, Feb. 23, 2009.

Diane I. Hillmann
LITA Standards Coordinator