Bowker, a provider of bibliographic information, has released a variety of new resources to assist library professionals with the operational changes necessary to transition to the new global ISBN-13 standard that takes effect in 16 months.
The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is the unique number that marks any book published in the world and enables that book, with its particular edition and binding, to be easily tracked by libraries, booksellers, and even consumers. In order to accommodate the growing number of books being published each year, the International ISBN Agency recently decided to convert from a 10-digit format to 13-digit ISBNs, effective January 1, 2007. (See the February 28, 2005 MMIS Xtra Cool Link to All About ISBN-13.)
To ease that transition for libraries, Bowker has unveiled a new Web site (http://www.bowkersupport.com/isbn13/) that features a series of free resources and convenient links to other useful sites. These resources include a helpful Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) fact sheet, a simple "10-digit to 13-digit ISBN" conversion tool, guidelines for the implementation of ISBN-13 in any library setting, and various tips regarding how to make the transition as seamless as possible.
In addition, Bowker has announced that its flagship Web sites, BooksInPrint.com and GlobalBooksInPrint.com, now fully support ISBN-13 searching by library professionals. Users of either site can search for specific titles by both the new ISBN-13 and the old 10-digit ISBN, either with or without hyphens. The new ISBN-13 will now automatically appear on the full description page for every title with a 10-digit ISBN.
Source: Bowker, http://www.bowker.com