MARC is dead! How many times have you heard that during your career in libraries?

This time, though, it might really be for real. In 2011, the Library of Congress (LoC) announced that it was transitioning away from the MARC format for bibliographic data.

In the summer of 2012, LoC hired Zepheira to investigate the possibilities of linked data as the carrier for library descriptive information. In November of 2012, Zepheira and LoC published a report, Bibliographic Framework as a Web of Data: Linked Data Model and Supporting Services, often referred to as the BIBFRAME Primer.

You can follow BIBFRAME developments at, but to help you get started, UW-Madison SLIS Continuing Education Services is providing two free Webinars, taught by Kevin Ford of the LoC MARC Standards Office, and BIBFRAME Initiative.

Titles and dates:

Webinar #1, Introducing the BIBFRAME Model: high-level concepts and objectives, Wednesday November 6th, 2013, 11:00 AM Central time

Recording of Webinar #1
.pdf Slide set from Webinar #1

Webinar #2, Transitioning from MARC to BIBFRAME: the environment and the format, Wednesday January 8th, 2014, 11:00 AM Central time

Recording of Webinar #2
.pdf slideset from Webinar #2

Both webinars will last for approximately one hour, and are presented free of charge. You may sign up for both webinars, or choose one or the other. The first 100 attendees to sign up for each webinar will be able to watch the webinars live; those who sign up later will receive emails with links to the recordings.

About the instructor: Kevin Ford works in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress where he is a member of the six-member internal LC group shepherding the Library's Bibliographic Framework Initiative, which will ultimately replace the MARC Communication Formats with a Linked Data model.  Kevin is also the current project manager for the Library of Congress's Linked Data service. Kevin regularly follows Linked Data and Semantic Web developments for LC; he participated in the W3C's Library Linked Data Incubator Group.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Palmer ( OR Debra Shapiro (