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


Annual conference of the American Library Association (ALA) in San Francisco – 27/28 June, 2015

At the annual conference of the American Library Association in San Francisco, the US ISSN National Centre will give a presentation entitled “ISSN @ 40:  Past, Present, and Future” at the Library of Congress exhibit booth and the ALCTS Continuing Resources Update Forum will feature three presentations about ISSN.


Conference on the “bibliographic transition” organised by AFNOR and BnF.

Gaëlle Béquet will open a conference dedicated to “Bibliographic transition” in France.

AFNOR, the French standardization agency, and the National Library of France (BnF) organize on June 26th, 2015 a conference on “bibliographic transition”. Sylviane Tarsot Gillery, BnF’s general director, Gaëlle Béquet, chair of ISO TC46 (Technical Committee on information and documentation) and Pierre Fuzeau, chair of CN46 (French national mirror of TC46) will open this one-day conference.

The conference will present the issues of adopting new bibliographic models and formats, consistent with the FRBR approaches, to drive the participation of cultural institutions in the web of data. Even though the questions related to the adoption of RDA cataloguing rules in France will be specifically under focus, the discussions are intended for a wide audience, from libraries, archives and museums.

Link to the programme (in French):


Virtua Client: new release

The ISSN database software, based on Virtua from Innovative [], has been recently upgraded to a new release which includes some important customizations. In particular, it is now possible for the ISSN International Centre to create and manage directly the internal bibliographic validations rules which help to ensure the quality and consistency of the data in the ISSN Register.

The new release also offers the possibility of loading bibliographic data from external applications, which opens new horizons for the connection of external services.