FRBR — do you understand it?

For almost all of us, FRBR is a new language.  One we must learn to survive.

“Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records—or FRBR, sometimes pronounced FERBER —is a conceptual entity-relationship model developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) that relates user tasks of retrieval and access in online library catalogues and bibliographic databases from a user’s perspective.  It represents a more holistic approach to retrieval and access as the relationships between the entities provide links to navigate through the hierarchy of relationships. The model is significant because it is separate from specific cataloguing standards such as AACR2r or ISBD.”–Wikipedia

FRBR is built upon relationships between and among entities.  FRBR tries to look beyond the internal uses of a bibliographic record.   A user extracts the information from the bib record and uses it in conjunction with other resources.  Think of the information as going beyond the catalog to relate to other information on the Internet.  It is all about linking data.  Information that is not just used by our own library, but by the internet, and as such we must relate!

For up to date info visit the FRBR blog.

Is FRBR inextricably linked to RDA.  Me thinks so…  Underlying RDA are the conceptual models FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) and FRAD (Functional Requirements for Authority Data).

Read Martha Yee’s post on Catalogablog

You can download Barbara Tillet’s brochure in .pdf format entitled “What is FRBR?” This brochure is available throught the Cataloging Distribution Service of the Library of Congress.

And not to be missed is Barbara Tillet’s  presentation on FRBR entitled: FRBR : things you should know but were afraid to ask. The webcast lasts about an hour.

And for those who need a visual here is one of the slides from Barbara Tillet’s presentation to APLA which depicts the entity-relationship model.entity-relationships


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