Monday, June 14, 2010

Multiple Format Resources

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Gary Price from Resource Shelf alerted me to the study FRBR and RDA: Advances in Resource Description for Multiple Format Resources by the Initiative for Equitable Library Access of the Library and Archives Canada.
The multiple formats issue has been a challenge that current cataloguing standards were unable to resolve. This paper describes the multiple formats issue and demonstrates how the issue is resolved through a new pespective on bibliographic data and a new cataloguing standard. The new perspective on bibliographic data comes from the conceptual model, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). The new standard is Resource Description and Access (RDA), which is built on the theoretical framework expressed in the FRBR conceptual model. RDA and FRBR, the conceptual model on which RDA is founded, resolve the multiple formats issue and point the way for improved access to resources for all users, and particularly for users with print disabilities.

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