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.
- Function Requirements for Bibliographic Records Final Report
- FRBR: Coming Soon to Your Library?
- The FRBR Blog
- Next-Generation Catalogs for Libaries mailing list