About the Bibliography

Overview

The Icelandic National Bibliography is published online by the National and University Library of Iceland. Initially, it is a record of the nation's publishing output from 1999 and is based on information contained in the Icelandic library system Gegnir. The bibliography is dynamic in the sense that a revised edition will appear regularly displaying information from Gegnir at the time of last update.

Works published in Iceland are included in the Icelandic National Bibliography as follows:

  • Printed material; e.g. books and booklets (5 pages or more), maps, new journals and newspapers. Certain classes of material are not included for the time being; for details, see sjß nßnar Exclusion Policy.
  • Sound recordings; e.g. musical sound recordings, audio books.
  • Multiple format publications; e.g. book + audio cassette.

Other categories of material, e.g. sheet music and visual material are catalogued in Gegnir and may be included in the bibliography later on.

Bibliographic record for The Icelandic National Bibliography is on leitir.is, ISSN: 1670-715X.

If you have questions or comments, please contact: utgafuskra (at) landsbokasafn.is


Acknowledgements

The Icelandic National Bibliography is published by the National and University Library of Iceland. Bibliographic data are extracted from Gegnir, the Union Catalogue of Icelandic Libraries, by the Icelandic Library Consortium. Bibliographic records in Gegnir are created by the participating libraries, and all records to be included in the Icelandic National Bibliography are verified by staff of the Section of Cataloguing and Processing of Icelandic Material in the National Department of the National and University Library.


Arrangement of Information

Entries

Entries contain the following fields:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Publication year
  • Dewey number
  • Publisher
  • Link to a bibliographic record on leitir.is

Example:

 
BŠkur Valborg Sigur­ardˇttir 1922
═slenska menntakonan ver­ur til / Valborg Sigur­ardˇttir.
2005 | 305.4209491 | BˇkafÚlagi­ | Leitir.is

Lists

In the lists the entries are arranged alphabetically by heading. Selection of heading is in accordance with established standards. Heading may be a personal or corporate name or the title of a work.

Examples taken from a list of books published in 2005 in the field of sociology and social welfare:

 
BŠkur Valborg Sigur­ardˇttir 1922
═slenska menntakonan ver­ur til / Valborg Sigur­ardˇttir.
2005 | 305.4209491 | BˇkafÚlagi­ | Leitir.is
BŠkur Vaxtarsamningur Vestfjar­a til aukinnar samkeppnishŠfni og sˇknar : till÷gur Verkefnisstjˇrnar um bygg­aߊtlun fyrir Vestfir­i.
2005 | 307.09491 | I­na­ar- og vi­skiptarß­uneyti­ | Leitir.is
BŠkur V÷ktunarmŠlingar Geislavarna rÝkisins 2004 = Radioactivity in the environment and food in Iceland 2004 / Magn˙s ┴. Sigurgeirsson ... [et al.].
2005 | 363.1799 | Geislavarnir rÝkisins | Leitir.is


Exclusion Policy

For the time being, material of the following classes published on paper is not included in the Bibliography:

  • Annual reports and financial statements of companies and institutions.
  • Material intended for limited distribution (within a company or an institution).
  • Ephemeral material of different kinds, e.g. off-prints, publicity material, timetables, advertisements, catalogues, diaries, etc.
  • Parts of a larger work (e.g. articles in journals, chapters in books) are not included in the Bibliography although they are found in Gegnir.


Dewey Decimal Classification

For an overview of the Dewey Decimal Classification, see http://www.oclc.org/dewey/versions/ddc22print/intro.pdf.

A few exceptions to normal Dewey classification rules are observed by Icelandic libraries. The exceptions apply to the classification of material relating to Iceland, i.e. Icelandic language and literature, the geography of Iceland and the history of Iceland.

Example:
 800 Literature
 810 Icelandic literature
 819 Old Icelandic literature
 819.3 Sagas of Icelanders