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Recommendations for Citing Educational Standards and Objectives in Metadata 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.  


  • Includes the entire BISG Educational Taxonomy (Appendix 5)
  • ONIX 2.1 and ONIX 3.0 examples
  • Additional guidelines for descriptions, keywords, and audience metadata
  • Results of surveys to educators & librarians
  • Resources for learning more about educational standards
  • And more...

This document is a major revision and expansion of theRecommendations for Citing Common Core State Standards in ONIX, published in 2014Further updates will be made as changes in industry practice for communicating learning objectives develop. 

Copyedited by: Patricia Fogarty

Contributors: Written and compiled for the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) by the BISG Educational Taxonomy Working Group, a subcommittee of the Subject Codes and Metadata Committees. The original document, Recommnedations for Citing Common Core State Standards in ONIX was written by the Common Core Working Group. Please see the document for a full list of contributors.


Connie Harbison (Working Group Co-Chair; Baker & Taylor)

Patricia Payton (Working Group Co-Chair; Bowker)

Julie Morris (BISG)

© 2015, the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. All rights reserved. ISBN 978-1-936757-54-1

This document is a supplement to and should be read alongside the BISG/BookNet Canada Best Practices for Product Metadata: Guide for North American Data Senders and Receivers.



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