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IFLA UNIMARC Core Activity

Permanent UNIMARC Committee


The Permanent UNIMARC Committee (PUC) was formed in 1991, in accordance with resolution No. 5 issued at the Seminar on Bibliographic Records held in Stockholm before the IFLA General Conference, August 1990. The main objective of the PUC is to control the UNIMARC format in accordance with the principles of Universal Bibliographic Control.

The PUC consists of a minimum of 7 and no more than 9 standing members, who are experts in UNIMARC and come from different countries and institutions having active UNIMARC experience. A maximum of 12 corresponding experts may be appointed for a two-year term by the Committee in consultation with the IFLA UNIMARC Core Activity to represent other geographical areas of UNIMARC expertise.


  • Chair: Alan Hopkinson, UK
  • Vice Chair: Jay Weitz, USA
  • Rosa Galv„o, Portugal
  • Cristina Magliano, Italy
  • Vladimir Skvortsov, Russia
  • Ioanna Demopoulous, Greece
  • Philippe Le Pape, France
  • Liuba Buckien?, Lithuania
  • Honorary member and special consultant: Mirna Willer, Croatia

Since 2003 the PUC has been functioning within the UNIMARC Core Activity. For earlier UNIMARC activities see the Universal Bibliographic Control and International MARC Core Activity (UBCIM).

Terms of Reference

The main objective of the PUC is to maintain and develop the UNIMARC formats. In this role, the PUC
  • Advises the IFLA/CDNL-ICABS Alliance for Bibliographic Standards (ICABS) on all matters concerning UNIMARC including promotion, training, research, testing and priorities and strategies for development in coordination with the office of the UNIMARC Core Activity.
  • Maintains the UNIMARC format by discussing proposals documented by the UNIMARC Office on behalf of UNIMARC users and officially approving changes to the format. It liaises with Division IV on matters of mutual interest.
  • Reviews the further development of the UNIMARC format to encompass new functions and new forms of materials and officially approves the results.
  • Acts as a review committee for UNIMARC documentation published by IFLA.


The Permanent UNIMARC Committee meets once a year, usually at the UNIMARC Core Activity venue, in Lisbon, Portugal. Reports from the meetings are regularly published in International Cataloguing and Bibliographic Control (ICBC) and also available online:


The PUC is responsible for the preparation and dissemination of IFLA publications and other documentation regarding UNIMARC.
See the complete information regarding UNIMARC publications. UNIMARC is easy to use and provides a flexible record structure. If you are a UNIMARC user or if you would like to become one and have questions about its application or if you have suggestions to make, please contact the PUC Chair or the IFLA UNIMARC Core Activity Director.

Contact Addresses

Maria InÍs Cordeiro
Director, IFLA UNIMARC Core Activity

National Library of Portugal
Campo Grande, 83
1749-081 LISBON
Tel. +351 217982022
Fax +351 217982140
E-mail: icordeiro@bn.pt

Alan Hopkinson
Chair, Permanent UNIMARC Committee

Middlesex University Learning Resources
The Sheppard Library
The Burroughs
London NW4 4BT
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 20 8411 5238
Fax +44 20 8411 5163
E-mail: A.Hopkinson@mdx.ac.uk