FRBR: A Guide for the Perplexed

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  • Table of Contents
  • About the Author
  • Reviews

"FRBR has the potential to inspire dramatic changes in library catalogs, and those changes will greatly impact how reference and resource sharing staff and patrons use this core tool."
--netconnect, 2005

FRBR – Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records– is an evolving conceptual model designed to help users easily navigate catalogs and find the material they want in the form they want it – be that print, DVD, audio, or adaptations. Developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Cataloging Section, FRBR is now being integrated into cataloging theory and implemented into systems and practice.

Cataloging expert Maxwell offers clear concise explanations for every librarian interested in the next phase of access to their library's digital information. He answers such questions as

  • What is FRBR and how does it work?
  • How will FRBR affect libraries?
  • Do all librarians need to be concerned, or just those doing cataloging?
  • How do authority records fit into the picture?

    With an understanding of the FRBR model, public and academic librarians, technical and public services librarians, and administrators can get a jump on this vital new cataloging technology to make catalogs more user-friendly.

  • Acknowledgments

    1. Introduction
    2. The Entity-Relationship Model
    3. The FRBR Entities
    4. Relationships
    5. The User Tasks
    6. The FRBR Model and the Existing MARC and AACR2-Based Cataloging Model

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    Robert L. Maxwell

    Robert L. Maxwell is Associate Librarian of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University, where he also serves as leader of the special collections and humanities cataloging team. He has taught cataloging in the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona and has chaired the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL). He is co-author, with Margaret Maxwell, of the current edition of Maxwell's Handbook for AACR2R. Maxwell earned his master's of library science degree from the University of Arizona and his doctorate degree in classical languages from the University of Toronto.

    "Truly helps the confused or unknonwing...a valuable resource for the professional librarians of library student."
    --American Reference Books Annual

    "The ultimate goal--'to help users easily navigate catalogs and find the material they want in the form they want it'--is something all of us can get behind, and books like this might help move it closer to implementation."
    --American Libraries

    "...written in a tone that appeals to the uninitiated as well as to the knowledgeable reader."
    --American Reference Books Annual

    "If anyone should attempt to write a step-by-step guide to FRBR, it's Maxwell. He has a gift for making the complexities of cataloging and metadata clear ... if you want to get a better handle on FRBR concepts and possible future implementations, it's a must-read."
    --The Code4Lib Journal