Australian National Bibliographic Database

The Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD) is Australia’s largest single bibliographic resource and contains:

  • Bibliographic records representing resources that are part of an Australian library collection, including published resources, unpublished resources such as original pictures, archives and manuscripts, unique items, and resources provided in any media;
  • Other bibliographic records (e.g. Library of Congress) required to support copy cataloguing in Australian libraries;
  • Manifestation level records in order to support copy cataloguing and interlibrary loans;
  • Collection level records if manifestation level records are not available or in addition to manifestation level records;
  • Analytic records for component parts of monographs if the part is judged by the contributing library to be of sufficient value to warrant a separate description, such as map plates in a rare atlas;
  • Holdings data supplied in bibliographic records or as a separate holding records;
  • Name and Subject Authority records;
  • Records that meet Libraries Australia's minimum record standard, and
  • Records that are supplied to Libraries Australia in one of the formats supported by the service.

Sources of bibliographic records on the ANBD

In order to support copy cataloguing and enrich data, MARC records are currently loaded from:

  • Library of Congress (1968+)
  • OCLC
  • Blackwell’s Table of Contents
  • Serials Solutions

Bibliographic records are (or were) loaded from the following national agencies:

  • National Library of Australia (1972+)
  • British National Bibliography (1971+)
  • New Zealand Bibliographic Network (1982 – 1999)
  • New Zealand National Bibliography (1982 – 2009)
  • Singapore National Bibliography (1967 – 2009)
  • Vietnamese National Bibliography (1986 – 1995)

Selected bibliographic records purchased by Australian libraries for formed collections are also added to the ANBD e.g. Rehabilitation & Handicapped Literature, History of Women, Underground Press Collection. (1971+)

2008 ANBD Coverage Survey

The Libraries Australia Advisory Committee at its meeting in September 2007 recommended that Libraries Australia undertake another survey of Australian libraries’ holdings on the ANBD to get a better indication of the currency and coverage of the ANBD and to discover important gaps in coverage.

The survey aimed to identify:

  • The extent to which the collections of Australian libraries are recorded in the ANBD.
  • The types of material most likely/unlikely to be recorded on the ANBD.
  • The existence of formed collections of published or unpublished materials which are not recorded on the ANBD.
  • Patterns of contribution/non-contribution to the ANBD amongst particular library types.
  • Key factors affecting ANBD contribution.

The results of the survey will be used by Libraries Australia to develop strategies to improve the overall coverage of the ANBD and in particular to contact libraries with important formed or special material collections to facilitate addition of records for these collections to the ANBD.

Read the survey results in the LAAC paper:

Action plan resulting from the ANBD coverage survey (pdf, 42 KB)