Demystifying FRAD
Functional Requirements for Authority Data
by Qiang Jin
June 2012, 134pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59884-496-2
$50, £39, 44€, A69
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Authority control is essential for effective retrieval of resources, as it provides consistency in the form of access points used to identify persons, families, corporate bodies, and works. Current authority data lacks the flexibility in description that users expect for electronic and digital resources. Resource Description and Access, or RDA, is a new cataloging code that is based on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and the FRAD model, which will help catalog users to easily find all types of resources they need in the digital world.

Improve your understanding of the basics of Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD): A Conceptual Model with this text and help readers create RDA authority records.

RDA will be implemented by thousands of libraries in the United States and around the world. RDA streamlines the process of making library collections accessible through improved authority data, either on-site or virtually. Catalogers need to understand the FRAD model in order to create RDA authority records.

The first book of its kind, Demystifying FRAD: Functional Requirements for Authority Data provides clear, applicable information to help catalogers get up to speed by explaining the Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD): A Conceptual Model. It illustrates the Conceptual Model for Authority Data with specific examples. It provides many specific examples that explain the FRAD entities, the attributes of those entities, and the relationships between those entities. This book also includes some brief RDA authority records exemplifying the major FRAD relationships.

Qiang Jin is senior coordinating cataloger, NACO coordinator, and associate professor of library administration at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Library. The major theme of her research is to rethink the conceptual foundations to create more effective and efficient cataloging rules for authority control. She presents research papers to share her work with scholars and practitioners at the American Library Association Conferences. Her published works have appeared in journals such as Information Technology and Libraries and Library Collections, Acquisitions and Technical Services. As an active member of the American Library Association, she has held several leadership positions. Currently, she serves as the chair of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) Nominating Committee and a member of ALCTS Nominating Committee. From 2008 to 2011, she was chair-elect, chair, and past-chair of the ALCTS CaMMS Executive Committee. Prior to that, she was chair of the ALCTS CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee and its Subcommittee on FAST. She was the chair of LITA/ALCTS CaMMS Authority Control in the Online Environment Interest Group from 2003 to 2004.


"Demystifying FRAD serves as an excellent, all-in-one resource for understanding the FRAD model and its relationship to authority work under RDA. Its greatest applicability is as a 'ready-reference' guide, a resource that a librarian can pull off the shelf when encountering questions about a specific situation."—Library Resources and Technical Services, July 16, 2013

"A clearly written, copiously illustrated, and well-organized book that truly does 'demystify' FRAD . . . Demystifying FRAD is both timely and valuable."—College & Research Libraries, July 1, 2013

"Overall, Qiang Jin has succeeded in shedding light on FRAD. She has included a number of excellent examples, the FRAD to RDA mapping, and the chapter on relationships. This book is definitely a much-needed entry into an area that has seen little to no publications on the subject."—Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc, September 10, 2012
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