International Identifier for serials
and other continuing resources, in the electronic and print world


Meeting at the National Library of South Africa

On August 11th, Dr. Khomotso Marumo, Director of the Bibliographic Services and Collections Management at the National Library of South Africa, met Mr Clément Oury (Head of Data, Network and Standards Department at IC).


ISSN IC at IFLA 2015, South Africa (Cape Town)

IFLA 2015 at Cap Town, from August 15 to 21:

6-19 August 2015: The ISSN International Centre will exhibit at IFLA conference in Cape Town in South Africa (booth n°E127).

On 17 August:

Dr. Cecília Leite Oliveira, Director of the Brazilian Science and Technology Information Institute (IBICT) and Mrs Gaëlle Béquet, will make a presentation on the special thematic number of the journal Ciência da Informação, about ISSN’s 40th Anniversary (afternoon). As from 3:30 p.m, Mrs Béquet and our team look forward to your participation to this special presentation on booth E127. Wine and snacks will be proposed to participants!

On 18 August:

Session 116 Dynamic Transformations and Developments in the World of Serials and Other Continuing Resources – Serials and Other Continuing Resources: 9:30 a.m.: Mrs Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the IC, will make a presentation entitled “E-serials Preservation: a Worldwide Challenge for Research Libraries »

On 19 August:

Session 166 Impact of standards on the international library community – Committee on Standards : 09:30 a.m. Mrs Béquet will make a presentation entitled: “Interaction Between IFLA Standards and Other Library Standards: ISBD, RDA, UNIMARC and ISSN: a Long-Lasting Relationship.


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Edina and the ISSN International Centre will organize a Keepers Extra conference and workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland (7-8 September 2015).

Taking the Long View: International Perspectives on E-Journal Archiving

September 7th 2015, University of Edinburgh


An international conference organised as part of the Jisc-supported Keepers Extra project, ‘Taking the Long View’ brings together international archiving agencies, representatives of national libraries from around the world, and research libraries and consortia to exchange knowledge, share ideas and discuss requirements for potential global collaboration to increase preservation coverage and tackle the ‘long tail’.

The importance of assuring continuing access to e-journal content has long been recognised. Many institutions now have e-first collection policies that require archiving of serial content before e-only or print disposal actions can be taken.  Nations are introducing legal deposit systems for electronic material.  Yet analysis undertaken as part of the Keepers Registry has shown that over 80% of continuing resources assigned an ISSN have yet to be archived. The need for ‘conscious coordination’ of international activity is clear (Lavoie and Malpas, 2015).  It is imperative that we now take the long view and consider if and how we can work together to address the challenge of stewarding the digital scholarly record.


Marking the 40th anniversary of the ISSN International Centre and the 20th anniversary of EDINA, this event presents a networking and briefing opportunity in which librarians can learn about a wide range of international activities, experiences and perspectives on the archiving and preservation of serial content, and gain insight into the operations and ambitions of some of the most important archiving agencies and initiatives from around the world.

More details and instructions on how to register are available on the conference website:

For more on the Keepers Extra project and the Keepers Registry, visit our blog: