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Thursday 19 April 2012

BDS and Nielsen Win BL CIP Contract

BDS has successfully secured the contract to supply data for the British Library’s Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) Programme in a joint bid with Nielsen Book.

BDS has held the contract for the supply of data to the CIP Programme since 1995.

BDS will supply industry-standard, quality catalogue records for books published and distributed in the United Kingdom and Ireland and lead the process of introducing new international cataloguing standards. Nielsen’s expertise in managing publisher relations through the ISBN Agency for UK & Ireland and provision of analytic information through its Nielsen BookScan service about the United Kingdom’s publications will be integrated into the process. Together BDS and Nielsen will ensure that the maximum number of titles are claimed for posterity, and represented in the British National Bibliography (BNB).

“At a time when all organisations are seeking the best solution for outsourcing requirements it makes sense for the two major players in the bibliographic data supply industry in the UK to collaborate to provide an unbeatable service to the British Library” said Lesley Whyte, Managing Director of BDS and leader in the bidding process for the two companies. “We are confident that by working together the British Library, libraries across the country and the nation will benefit.”

The CIP Programme provides records of new and forthcoming books in advance of publication in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which are included in the BNB, and acts as an alerting service for libraries, enabling them to identify titles of interest to their user communities. CIP records play a vital role in the British Legal Deposit system which safeguards the United Kingdom’s and Ireland’s published heritage.

Simon Skinner, Sales Director of Nielsen Book said, “Nielsen is delighted to be participating in this collaboration with BDS.  Through the unique strengths of both BDS and Nielsen we will deliver a first-class service for The British Library.”

The award of the new contract runs for two years with yearly options for the British Library to renew for three years thereafter before re-tendering has to take place.

Neil Wilson, Head of Metadata Services, Collection Acquisitions and Description at the British Library, said, “We are delighted to be working with BDS and Nielsen to ensure that the British Library's CIP programme remains as timely, comprehensive and relevant as possible to the library and publishing communities."