Vol. 3 No. 1 (2012)
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The International Cataloguing Principles and their future

Giuliano Genetasio
Casalini Libri

Published 2012-05-01


  • Cataloguing,
  • ICP,
  • IFLA,
  • International Cataloguing Principles

How to Cite

Genetasio, Giuliano. 2012. “The International Cataloguing Principles and Their Future”. JLIS.It 3 (1). https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-4936.


The article aims to provide an update on the 2009 Statement of International Cataloguing Principles (ICP) and on the status of work on the Statement by the IFLA Cataloguing Section. The article begins with a summary of the drafting process of the ICP by the IME ICC, International Meeting of Experts on an International Cataloguing Code, focusing in particular on the first meeting (IME ICC1) and on the earlier drafts of the 2009 Statement. It then analyzes both the major innovations and the unsatisfactory aspects of the ICP. Finally, it explains and comments on the recent documents by the IFLA Cataloguing Section relating to the ICP, which express their intention to revise the Statement and to verify the convenience of drawing up an international cataloguing code. The latter intention is considered in detail and criticized by the author in the light of the recent publication of the RDA, Resource Description and Access. The article is complemented by an updated bibliography on the ICP.


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