The British Library’s Cataloguing-in-Publication Programme enables the creation and supply of MARC 21 catalogue records for all forthcoming publications in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland with the exception of those categories listed at: http://www.bl.uk/bibliographic/exclude.html . The BL has successfully out sourced the record creation component of the programme to commercial suppliers for over 20 years.
The CIP service provider obtains advance publication information directly from UK and Irish publishers (e.g. prelims, dust jacket, title page, publicity and other relevant material). From this information the service provider creates bibliographic records according to international cataloguing standards which are supplied to the British Library on a weekly basis. Records are then used in the British National Bibliography (BNB) and other British Library metadata services. The availability of CIP records alerts libraries and other bibliographic agencies to forthcoming publications so that the records may be incorporated into their database systems to support acquisitions, stock selection, cataloguing, current awareness and other requirements.
Although CIP records for electronic publications are not required initially there will be a potential need for the service provider to supply such records within the period of the contract. The service provider will therefore be expected to show that they are capable of supplying such records if the need arises.
The successful tenderer will be expected to contribute approximately 75,000 records a year. The contract is expected to be awarded at the end of March 2012. It will be awarded for an initial period of two years beginning on September 1st 2012, with the option of renewal for three further one-year periods, up to a maximum of 5 years.
The successful supplier must demonstrate an appropriate skill set, proven track record of service delivery and provide excellent value for money.