Almost ten years ago, the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) offered their final report on Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). This report was a conceptual model for how bibliographic information might be structured to take advantage modern database technology.

After its publication, OCLC began working on implementing the FRBR functional requirements and recently introduced FictionFinder as a proof of concept to search “frbrized” WorldCat records. There is some debate on the usefulness of converting to a FRBR format; is it more useful for people to view their records this way? Is it worth the cost of converting? I suspect these (and other) items will continue to be debated, and with almost a decade from the presentation of these requirements, it doesn’t look like there are many vendors rushing to implement FRBR. This is, however, worth monitoring, especially since the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of Anglo-American Cataloging Rules is investigating ways to incorporate FRBR entity expressions.

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One Comment on “FRBR”

  1. Mack Lundy Says:

    There is something to be said for FRBRizing. We (meaning Julie) undertook a project to extract records for a history professor. One of his criteria was southern states. In LCSH, if you refer to a city or county, the state is abbreviated. In other geographic headings the name of the state is spelled out. All geographic headings are normalized in FRBR. That would have reduced the stages needed to complete the project.

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