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One of the segments of the book eco-system that BISG serves is libraries. We have library representation on the rights committee, metadata committee, and always welcome new library members or current library members to join any of our other committees.

Committees of Interest for Libraries


To join the committee, please go here. (Please note, this is a members only option. To Join BISG please go here.)

BISG's Metadata Committee oversees the development and maintenance of the ONIX for Books standard in the U.S. market. The committee suggests changes to the ONIX standard and its code lists, on behalf of the U.S. In addition, the committee acts as a forum for its members to discuss current issues in ONIX and metadata in general, sharing ideas and solutions across a broad spectrum of companies, including both data senders and recipients.

In addition to other ongoing work, the Committee published and maintains the Best Practices for Product Metadata: Guide for North American Data Senders and Receivers through regular updates. The most recent version of the document is available for download here

Metadata Committee Chair: Richard Stark, Barnes & Noble


Join the committee here (option for members only, if you'd like to join BISG please go here).  

Through its Rights Committee, BISG develops, maintains and advocates industry-wide best practices designed to support the standardized electronic transmission of a defined set of rights information between trading partners, now and in the future. 

Following a brief hiatus in 2013 and early 2014, BISG organized a Rights Summit in June 2014 to reassess BISG's role in mitigating issues in the discovery, management, and licensing of rights in the book industry through the work of the Rights Committee. The outcome of the Summit is summarized in this white paper. Slides from the Summit are freely available here

The Committee was reconstituted in December 2014, and is currently focused on research to determine the value of and specific needs for a set of standards or best practices for improved rights management, discovery, communications and transactions. 

Committee Chair: Ashley Mabbitt, Director of International Rights, John Wiley & Sons

Committee Working Groups

Rights Standards Working Group

Join the working group here (option for members only, if you'd like to join BISG please go here).  

This working group was formed in March 2015, and is charged with conducting research to determine the interest among rights community stakeholders in a set of standards for rights terminology and transactions, to better understand how to meet the needs of the industry and the role of standards to ease friction in this area. 

Rights Standards Working Group Chair: Ashley Mabbitt, Director of International Rights, John Wiley & Sons

Resources of Libraries

 Digital Content in Public Libraries Report

BISG is excited to present the latest in our Consumer Studies series, Digital Content in Public Libraries: What Do Patrons Think?, the first joint research initiative from BISG and the American Library Association (ALA). The study allows the book industry to:

  • Obtain solid data about what formats library patrons, from adults to children, prefer when borrowing and reading books
  • Know how often patrons are visiting the physical and online versions of their local public library
  • Gain insights into what urban libraries are doing right, with overall patron satisfaction in e-book selection greatly exceeding suburban and rural libraries
  • Learn what makes younger patrons more satisfied with the selection of available e-books than older patrons
  • Understand the differences in patron attitudes and behaviors depending on age, gender, geography, and other demographic factors

By providing valuable information on the habits of a very broad base of dedicated readers, this report can help companies throughout our industry improve their approach to doing business in the public library market and beyond.

To purchase the content, please go here! 


The BISAC Subject Headings List, also known as the BISAC Subject Codes List, is a standard used by many companies throughout the supply chain to categorize books based on topical content. The Subject Heading applied to a book can determine where the work is shelved in a brick and mortar store or the genre(s) under which it can be searched for in an internal database.

The complete BISAC Subject Headings List is available online at no cost for one-to-one look-up [you can view that here]. You may also request an End Users' License to download versions of the Subject Headings List in Excel, PDF and Word for unlimited use or for incorporation in your company's internal databases.

Recommendation for Citing Educational Standards & Objectives in Metadata

This resource provides recommendations for describing a publication's learning goals and objectives in metadata, including how to use the new BISG Educational Taxonomy; how to cite alignment with educational standards such as Common Core State Standards (CCSS); and how to use reading levels to enhance discovery of educational content by educators, librarians, parents, and others looking for resources to achieve a specific educational goal. To download the resource, go here

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