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BIC Breakfast, September 2017 - EDI & Enriched Metadata: Driving the Efficiency of Libraries into the 21st Century and Beyond

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 from 09:00 to 10:30 (BST)

BIC Breakfast, September 2017 - EDI & Enriched...

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BIC Breakfasts 2017


Since 2013, BIC has run a series of informal, monthly breakfast sessions to provide an opportunity for anyone (BIC members and non-members alike) to discuss publishing, book supply chain issues, successes, and challenges of interest or concern within the book industry. Industry experts are invited along to these BIC Breakfasts to share insights and swap ideas.

The sessions cover a specifc topic each time and are a great place to network and share experiences / contacts with the rest of the book industry and other industries too.

Each session will focus on one of the following supply chain areas:
- Physical
- Digital
- Data
- Libraries


EDI & Enriched Metadata: Driving the Efficiency of Libraries into the 21st Century and Beyond

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Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the exchange of business information / documents between trading partners using a standard electronic format. It provides organisations with an automated way to disseminate or receive information electronically, rather than carrying out myriad manual processes or providing physical documentation. For this reason, EDI users experience a wealth of benefits which vary from a reduction in both costs and errors / misunderstandings to enhanced processing speeds and improved relationships with trading partners.

It is estimated that somewhere between 75-85%* of public library authorities use EDI to some extent currently. As Museums, Libraries & Archives (MLA) rightly stated in its Better Stock, Better Libraries report in 2006: “Better use of technology to support efficiency and effectiveness has been previously identified as a key driver of potential efficiency.” Clearly the benefits of EDI are largely understood but what are its next steps and how can EDI continue to meet libraries requirements going forwards? This BIC Breakfast session – which will take place on Wednesday 27th September 2017 – will answer these questions and more.

During this session, we will hear from Catherine Cooke (a public librarian at Westminster Libraries) who will provide an introduction to EDI and impart information about the range of benefits her organisation has experienced due to its use of EDI. Doug McMillan of ProQuest will address enrichment services, explaining how integrations can further interaction with your existing catalogue and increase the circulation of your library collection. Finally, we will hear from John Garrould of the Bertram Group regarding the next steps for EDI, including a sneak peek at BIC’s ongoing Library Web Services project.

Librarians, both public and academic, library suppliers, library systems vendors and data aggregators will benefit from attending this BIC Breakfast.

*Statistic based on both the MLA Better Stock, Better Libraries report (2006) and BIC’s estimation of progress made since this report.



Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC


Catherine Cooke, Application Support Officer, Westminster Libraries

Doug McMillan, VP Strategic Partnerships and Licensing – Data Products, ProQuest

John Garrould, Head of Information Technology, Bertram Group




Spaces are limited at all BIC Breakfasts and are allocated on a first-to-register basis.

If for any reason you are unable to attend this event or the event is sold-out, please be aware that it is now possible to watch our BIC Breakfasts via Twitter. Simply go to @BIC1UK, look out for a tweet from our account (which will be sent at approximately 9:25am on the date of the event) and click on the link provided in this tweet which will redirect you to Periscope in order to watch the event live!

Also, if you are not able to attend this event but have a question for one of our speakers then do get in touch. Either tweet at @BIC1UK (before or during the event) or contact Alaina-Marie Basett on (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.

Food and beverages will be provided during the event. Please contact Alaina-Marie (whose email address can be found above) if you have any specific dietary requirements. 



Tickets are FREE for BIC members but you will need to register on this page.

There is a nominal charge for non-member tickets.

Please only reserve a ticket for this event if you intend to come!


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Bowker is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. The company is focused on developing various tools and products that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience. Bowker, the US ISBN agency, manages UK bibliographic data and delivers a comprehensive UK data source to book information researchers and buyers.


Refund Policy

We ask that all Non-Members (i.e. those who will need to pay to attend this event) take a few moments to familiarise themselves with our refund policy. Refunds may be given as follows:

  • Up to 1 calendar month before the event: full refund
  • Less that 1 calendar month, but more than 1 calendar week before the event: 50% refund
  • Less than 1 calendar week before the event: no refund.

Please note: tickets are transferable within your organisation should you find that you are unable to attend.

Do you have questions about BIC Breakfast, September 2017 - EDI & Enriched Metadata: Driving the Efficiency of Libraries into the 21st Century and Beyond? Contact Book Industry Communication

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 from 09:00 to 10:30 (BST)

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Book Industry Communication

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of best practice, standard processes and procedures. We have excellent relationships with all major standards bodies and we work closely with the Book Industry Study Group in the US.

BIC unites all sectors of the publishing industry, so whether you're a publisher, on-line retailer, "bricks & mortar" retailer, distributor, library (academic or public), wholesaler, digital partner, literary agent, conversion house, or any combination of these, we're here for you. We offer a "one stop shop" experience, impartial advice and support on anything & everything related to the Supply Chain (digital and/or physical) and we always love to hear from our members...and anyone who might like to become a member. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

We want to hear your ideas, what you're working on, what's challenging you right now, and what changes/developments/projects etc you think the industry might benefit from - so that we can work on your behalf to deliver solutions.

Finally, as an FYI: without neglecting the printed book world, BIC will now be focussing an increasing amount of its energy on work in the Digital Supply Chain.


Digital & Physical Supply Chain, EDI/e-commerce, Metadata optimisation, Training courses, Industry Accreditation Schemes, Product Identifiers/Bar codes/ISBNs etc..., ONIX, Bibliographic standards, RFID, BIC Codes, Web Services, Addressing industry needs, Best practice


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