Monday, December 09, 2002


The Joint Steering Committee for Revision of Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules' Format Variation Working Group is seeking to establish liaisons with system vendors and utilities that are either engaged with or are considering incorporating the data model from the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) into the design of their products.

The Format Variation Working Group is now beginning to develop criteria for evaluating online systems that organize bibliographic data according to the FRBR model. We are especially interested in issues related to creating systems that users will find intelligible and easy to use, rather than simply implementing the FRBR theoretical model for the sake of doing so. We welcome the opportunity to discuss this issue with those who are in the process of developing these systems.

The JSC Format Variation Working Group was charged in 2001 with investigating the feasibility of incorporating the FRBR entity "expression" into AACR utilizing a proof of concept model. In June 2002 our discussion paper, "Dealing With FRBR Expressions in MARC 21" (MARBI DP-08) was discussed by MARBI at the ALA Annual Meeting. This paper, along with the other reports from the Group to date, are posted on the website of the Joint Steering Committee.

System vendors who would like to establish a formal liaison relationship with the JSC's Format Variation Working Group may contact the group's Chair, Jennifer Bowen, at jbowen at or (585) 274-1370.

Jennifer Bowen
Head of Cataloging, University of Rochester Libraries
Head of Technical Services, Sibley Music Library, Eastman School of Music
jbowen at
(585) 274-1370

Rush Rhees Library, Box 270055
University of Rochester,
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
Sibley Music Library, Eastman School of Music
27 Gibbs St., Rochester, NY 14604

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