Understanding FRBR

What It Is and How It Will Affect Our Retrieval Tools

by Arlene G. Taylor


An overview of the FRBR model, and how it can improve access to information through the helpful organization of metadata records.

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November 2007

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 192
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Cataloging and Classification

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!

Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1: An Introduction to Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) by Arlene G. TaylorChapter 2: An Introduction to Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) by Glenn E. PattonChapter 3: Understanding the Relationship between FRBR and FRAD by Glenn E. PattonChapter 4: FRBR and the History of Cataloging by William DentonChapter 5: The Impact of Research on the Development of FRBR by Edward T. O'NeillChapter 6: Bibliographic Families and Superworks by Richard P. SmiragliaChapter 7: FRBR and RDA (Resource Description and Access) by Barbara B. TillettChapter 8: FRBR and Archival Materials by Alexander C. ThurmanChapter 9: FRBR and Works of Art, Architecture, and Material Culture by Martha Baca and Sherman ClarkeChapter 10: FRBR and Cartographic Materials by Mary Lynette LarsgaardChapter 11: FRBR and Moving Image Materials by Martha M. YeeChapter 12: FRBR and Music by Sherry L. VellucciChapter 13: FRBR and Serials by Steven C. ShadleIndexAbout the Editor and Contributors



"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]."Library Journal

"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."College & Research Libraries

"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."TechKNOW

"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."Booklist

"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."Library Media Connection

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

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