Anglo-American Cataloging Rules

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The Anglo-American Cataloging Rules ( AACR ; German  Anglo-American Cataloging Rules ) are library rules that were first adopted in 1967. The second edition (AACR2) dates from 1978, the most recent revision was made in 2002 (AACR2r). AACR2 was the most widely used set of rules in the world and has been adopted without restriction by over 30 countries. The AACR is published by the American Library Association , the Canadian Library Association, and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals .

The German counterpart are the rules for alphabetical cataloging (RAK) used since the 1970s . In Germany there were heated discussions about whether to switch from RAK to AACR. A successor called “ Resource Description and Access ” (RDA) was introduced in 2010, in which, among other things, the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) should be given greater consideration.


  • Petra Hauke ​​(Ed.): RAK versus AACR. Projects - forecasts - perspectives. Contributions to the current discussion of regulations. Bock + Herchen, Bad Honnef 2002. ISBN 3-88347-225-5
  • Anglo-American cataloging rules. German translation of the Anglo-American cataloging rules , second edition, 1998 revision, including changes and additions up to March 2001. Saur, Munich 2002. ISBN 3-598-11432-X

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