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veritas Harvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1323 January 2005

On March 22:
LOC's Barbara Tillett on FRBR

Dr. Barbara Tillett, chief of the Cataloging Policy and Support Office at the Library of Congress, will speak at Harvard on the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). Presented by the Harvard University Library and the Professional Development Committee (PDC) of the Librarians' Assembly, Tillett's presentation is set for Tuesday, March 22, from 2 to 4 pm in the Gutman Conference Center.

FRBR arranges bibliographic entities in a new way, using an entity-relationship model that links the products of intellectual and artistic endeavors, their creators, and their subjects. FRBR provides an intellectual framework for looking at catalogs theoretically. Catalogs that use FRBR principles give users higher levels of information and easier access to collections than do current catalogs. The FRBR model brings like things together, such as items in various formats all relating to the same work. It also shows relationships among catalog records, and it helps users to navigate search results in logical ways. FRBR is already having a profound influence on systems design for access to bibliographic information, and it is especially important in the digital environment. FRBR promises to have a huge impact on cataloging and catalogs of the future.

Barbara Tillett has been one of the chief architects of FRBR from its inception. She has served as the chair of the IFLA Cataloging Section, as a member of the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, and as a consultant to the IFLA Study Group on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. She has also been heavily involved in the extension of the FRBR model to authority control and subjects. To learn more about FRBR, consult Dr. Tillett's brochure, "What is FRBR? A Conceptual Model for the Bibliographic Universe," in PDF at http://www.loc.gov/cds/FRBR.html.


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