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Czech Republic

Collecting and Organizing the ISMN Data

Every new publisher must fill out a registration form making a basis for building the database of Czech music publishers. Until Autumn 2001 this database was maintained in the CDS/ISIS as an autonomous database. In October it was converted into the ALEPH system making a unified database of both book and music publishers participating in ISBN and/or in the ISMN system, and also other publishers which are still not participating in these systems. The updates from the database are sent to the International ISMN Agency in due terms. The database is available on the web site of the National Library ( A printed version of this database is presented as a supplement to the annual directory of Czech book publishers. The annual directory 2001 should be published in the Spring 2002.

In 2001, we checked ISMNs in 240 titles of music which came to the National Library of the Czech Republic under the Legal Deposit Law. The copies were presented to us by our colleagues from the Domestic Acquisition Department. If we come across any mistake, we contact the publisher and inform him/her about it. If one number was assigned to two items, then the publisher had to assign a new ISMN to the other title. If a publisher is still not participating in the ISMN system, we assign to its music an ISMN from block of the identifier M-66051 instead of him/her (in 2001 it applied to 22 titles). It means that all entries of music presented in the Czech National Bibliography have their ISMN which then becomes the unique access point.

As up-to-date information about the titles of music to be published we issue the bi-monthly "O.K. - Ohlasene knihy." We collect the data for it from so-called announcing cards which the publisher is obliged to send us the moment the manuscript comes to a printing office. We can also detect any mistakes or misprints on the cards and manage to correct them in the publication by informing the publishers.



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