Wednesday, September 03, 2003

FRBR

Bibliographic records in the computer age by Alan Danskin and Ann Chapman appears in the Sept. issue of Library + Information Update
The Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records set out to update the cataloguing model for the computer age. Ironically, however, by advocating a departure from the straitjacket of the 5x3 card, FRBR marks a return to an earlier tradition of cataloguing, in which the catalogue rather than the record is seen as the end product. The combination of the FRBR structure with modern computer systems offers enormous potential for improving the efficiency of resource discovery. But the benefits this confers are being weighed with the costs of implementation, in particular of retrospective implementation. People are looking into this whole area, but this remains an area in which more research and application studies would be welcome.

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