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MARC21 Workshop

Understanding MARC21: Its Application in Library and Information Field

About the Programme:

The MARC 21 format is one of the popular standard exchange formats which adhere to ISO 2709 standards and is used in most countries globally. Its
main purpose is for exchanging and sharing data in machine-readable form. Standardisation in the exchange formats and structure of a database is essential to facilitate the exchange of data efficiently and effectively between the libraries.

The adoption of different standards creates incompatibility in exchanging data which acts as a major barrier in the use of bibliographic and related information. Format compatibilities are necessary for computerised cataloguing data and these are being standardised by the ISO.

Knowledge in the MARC21 format is important as a pre-requisite in the creation of catalogue records using the RDA cataloguing standard.

15th – 18th July 2024
7:30 am – 4:30 am
Perdana Leadership Foundation, Putrajaya


  • To understand the basics of bibliographics standards;
  • To provide a brief history of MARC21
  • To improve knowledge on MARC formats (bibliographics, authority, holdings, classifications, and community information)
  • To expose library staff to the structure of a MARC record and its relationship to the cataloguing rules
  • To exchange knowledge and experience among library staff.


Puan Hamidah A Rahman
Former Lecturer, Faculty of Information Management, UiTM Shah Alam, Selangor Library

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