FRSAD
Conceptual Modeling of Aboutness
by Maja Zumer, Marcia Lei Zeng, and Athena Salaba
September 2012, 121pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59884-794-9
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What’s it about? When it comes to describing their holdings, librarians and other information professionals know this is far from a casual question, especially in an age of instant information sharing. Working with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ recently released FRSAD model makes this essential aspect of cataloguing more efficient, more precise, and more helpful to patrons, colleagues, and peers at other institutions alike.

The first comprehensive exploration of the development and use of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' (IFLA) newly released model for subject authority data, covering everything from the rationale for creating the model to practical steps for implementing it.

FRSAD: Conceptual Modeling of Aboutness explores the full dimensions of the IFLA’s Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data model, showing how putting the model to work can ease information sharing across systems, domains, and environments.

Written by three leading members of the IFLA working group that developed the model, FRSAD moves from the theoretical foundations of knowledge organization to a complete conceptual overview of the model, to specific working guidelines for its implementation. The book is filled with insights into the factors driving the model’s development, as well as numerous illustrative examples of its practical applications in real-world settings. It also focuses on the benefits of using the model when developing knowledge organization systems (KOS) within the library domain and beyond.

Maja Zumer is professor in the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Zumer chaired IFLA Working Group on Guidelines for National Bibliographies in the Digital Age and cochaired the IFLA Working Group on the Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR), while also serving as a working group member in developing the IFLA Guidelines for Subject Access to National Bibliographies.

Marcia Lei Zeng is professor in the School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, Kent, OH. She cochaired the IFLA Working Group on the Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR) while also serving as a working group member in developing the IFLA Guidelines of Digital Libraries.

Athena Salaba is associate professor at the School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, Kent, OH. She cochaired the IFLA Working Group on the Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR).

Reviews

"The book provides a thorough overview of the theoretical foundations of knowledge organization as well as working guidelines for its implementation. . . . Primarily geared for catalogers in academic institutions, the work also teaches how to make decisions that impact the catalog and, more generally, how to search a catalog. It also provides information on using the FRSAD model when developing knowledge organization systems both in the library and beyond."—ARBA, January 1, 2013
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