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AbstractThis article describes the present status of China National Bibliography and bibliograhic control in China. In China, there isn’t any legal deposit law, but there are some regulations promulgated by the State Council and the General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP, 新闻出版总署) under the State Council. According to these regulations, legal deposit copies of books, journals, newspapers and A/V materials should be sent to the GAPP (1 copy), the National Depository Library (NDL, 中国版本图书馆) under GAPP (1 copy) and the National Library of China (NLC, 中国国家 图书馆) (3 copies). Sometimes, however, these regulations are not very effective. Because NLC is not responsible for the ISBN registration and there is no legal deposit law, NLC is very hard to acquire all the new publications of China. Publishers give their top priority to the legal deposit copies to GAPP and then to NLC. Acquisitions librarians have to contact publishers every year to remind them to send legal deposit copies and prepare reports to GAPP, so that GAPP can pay more attention to the NLC legal deposit issues in their management of publications. The legal deposit rate is about 70%, not including children’s books, juvenile books, school textbooks and teacher’s manuals. To make the collection and the bibliographical databases as complete as possible, NLC has to pay extra money to purchase books without legal deposit copies. In recent years, NLC discusses the legal deposit issues regularly with GAPP to ask them to implement related regulations more strictly. We expect to see a higher legal deposit rates in the future. We are also appealing to draft a national library law, which should include legal deposit issues.
Gu, Ben China National Bibliography at the Crossroad., 2005 . In 21st Century Cataloging and National Bibliography Policy, Seoul (Korea), 18th-19th October 2005. [Conference paper]