Welcome to BIC

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 standard processes and procedures.

What's New

BIC Bursaries have launched!

BIC is committed to providing high quality, accessible training for the industry and thanks to the generous support of various organisations we are now able to offer a number of bursaries.

The bursaries available cover the course cost and, in some cases, help towards the cost of travel and expenses. They can be used on BIC training courses until the end of 2015. 

For more information about the bursaries available and how to apply, please click on the following link:

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NFC and the use of RFID in Libraries - Information for Librarians

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is now widely used in libraries for a whole range of activities from self-issue and return, security, stock management, sortation and more. So now is a good time to consider the possible impact of smartphones (and tablets)  on library systems using RFID.

What are the possible negative implications of this joining of technologies that library managers should be aware of, and what steps might mitigate any potential threat? This document seeks to answer these questions:

NFC and the use of RFID in Libraries - Information for Librarians

For information about the BIC Library Commitee, please go to the following link:

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Just published: Draft implementation Guidelines for UKSLC in UKMARC and MARC21

The UKSLC, the BIC subject code scheme for libraries, has been available for several months and some members have requested some extra guidance on implementation, specifically in migrating from the old e4libraries subject scheme to the new UKSLC subject scheme using UKMARC and MARC21.

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