Understanding FRBR: What It Is and How It Will Affect Our Retrieval Tools

Overview

What is FRBR, and why is everyone talking about it? Is it really going to revolutionize cataloguing? And if so, what form will it take? This book is written for librarians, bibliographic systems designers, library and information science faculty and students, and anyone else who is interested in learning about the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and how following the FRBR model can improve access to information through helpful organization of the metadata records that are surrogates for ...

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Overview

What is FRBR, and why is everyone talking about it? Is it really going to revolutionize cataloguing? And if so, what form will it take? This book is written for librarians, bibliographic systems designers, library and information science faculty and students, and anyone else who is interested in learning about the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and how following the FRBR model can improve access to information through helpful organization of the metadata records that are surrogates for information resources. Serials, art, music, moving images, maps, and archival materials are just a few of the formats covered. Not for catalogers only!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Arlene Taylor and her compadres don't even try to teach you how to construct a hierarchical record. Instead, they direct their efforts toward showcasing what's possible when digital technology and traditional cataloging practice meet. This is the future of cataloging."

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Library Media Connection

"The emergence of this textbook is testimony to the breadth and depth of work done to date. It documents much of that work, and provides a good basic introduction to FRBR that is broadly understandable. . . . The relational concepts within FRBR are complicated and can be challenging. This book does a good job of illuminating them in a straightforward manner. It also describes how the application of the FRBR concepts could improve our systems of bibliographic access in very specific ways. . . . For those of us that really want or need to be able to predict the impact that FRBR will have on our work, this is an accessible explanation of the current state of the art. As such it is a real contribution to our understanding."

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TechKNOW

"Understanding FRBR. . . features chapters contributed by leading authorities in the cataloging field. . . . It offers a basic introduction to FRBR, discussions about FRBR, FRAD (functional requirements for authority data), and RDA (resource description and access), and the issues involved in using FRBR in nontraditional library settings such as with cartographic materials and music. Both books are well illustrated and include numerous bibliographical resources.' [Reviewed in conjuntion with FRBR: A Guide for the Perplexed]."

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Library Journal

"Taylor and her contributors cover FRBR and introduce the reader to FRAD as well. . . . All chapters conclude with current and useful references to further reading and more information."

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Booklist

"Understanding FRBR is clearly written, well illustrated (many of the concepts are clarified by very helpful diagrams), and well indexed; additionally, chapters feature extensive bibliographies, many of which provide URLs to the IFLA groups' documents. While it may seem that this book is of interest only to catalogers, the application of FRBR will change the structure of catalog and the systems used to store and display it; therefore, it is an important text for systems librarians, reference librarians, and anybody else interested in the future of the organization and display of bibliographic information."

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College & Research Libraries

"Understanding FRBR is a useful and timely book that brings together recent developments in FRBR and offers several assessments of it."

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Technicalities

"No cataloguer, bibliographic systems designer or library and information science lecturers and students should be without this book. It is a useful resource in acquiring an understanding of what FRBR is about and how it will change the way in which cataloguers will think about cataloguing in future."

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The Electronic Library

Library Journal

FRBR (functional requirements for bibliographic records) is a term that has been around for over a decade but still seems to baffle us. Fortunately, help has arrived with these two new titles from cataloging experts. While both books explain what FRBR is, how it works, and how it will affect libraries, their approaches are radically different. Maxwell (special collections and metadata cataloging section, Brigham Young Univ.; Maxwell's Guide to Authority Work; Maxwell's Guide to AACR2) takes great care to break down and explain FRBR entities and relationships. He makes use of numerous diagrams and illustrations to help the reader understand and visualize the concepts he is explaining.

Understanding FRBR, edited by Taylor (emerita, Univ. of Pittsburgh SIS), features chapters contributed by leading authorities in the cataloging field (Richard P. Smiraglia, Barbara B. Tillett, Martha M. Yee). It offers a basic introduction to FRBR, discussions about FRBR, FRAD (functional requirement for authority data), and RDA (resource description and access), and the issues involved in using FRBR in nontraditional library settings such as with cartographic materials and music. Both books are well illustrated and include numerous bibliographical resources. For a complete understanding of what FRBR is all about, those already in the profession as well as library and information science faculty and library students should read both books.
—Susan E. Ketcham

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591585091
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

ARLENE G. TAYLOR is Professor Emerita, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and author of several works on cataloging and classification and authority control. She has received ALA's Margaret Mann Citation in Cataloging and Classification and the ALA Highsmith Library Literature Award.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) by Arlene G. Taylor

Chapter 2: An Introduction to Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) by Glenn E. Patton

Chapter 3: Understanding the Relationship between FRBR and FRAD by Glenn E. Patton

Chapter 4: FRBR and the History of Cataloging by William Denton

Chapter 5: The Impact of Research on the Development of FRBR by Edward T. O'Neill

Chapter 6: Bibliographic Families and Superworks by Richard P. Smiraglia

Chapter 7: FRBR and RDA (Resource Description and Access) by Barbara B. Tillett

Chapter 8: FRBR and Archival Materials by Alexander C. Thurman

Chapter 9: FRBR and Works of Art, Architecture, and Material Culture by Martha Baca and Sherman Clarke

Chapter 10: FRBR and Cartographic Materials by Mary Lynette Larsgaard

Chapter 11: FRBR and Moving Image Materials by Martha M. Yee

Chapter 12: FRBR and Music by Sherry L. Vellucci

Chapter 13: FRBR and Serials by Steven C. Shadle

Index

About the Editor and Contributors

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