FRBR, before and after
For Immediate Release
American Library Association
CHICAGO — Karen Coyle’s expert ability to draw from the deep historical background of cataloging theory to illuminate the potentials of library data on the Web helped win her the 2011 ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award. In her new book “FRBR, Before and After: A Look at Our Bibliographic Models,” published by ALA Editions, she persuasively argues that to more effectively connect library users with books, movies, music, computer games and other resources, library data needs to move beyond FRBR towards a more integrative approach to bibliographic models. But doing so requires fundamental changes in the approach to library data. Combing a sweeping perspective with a critical eye, she assesses how we define a work in the bibliographic world. Showing how bibliographic models reflect technology and our assumed goals of libraries, she points the way ahead for catalogers and metadata specialists, providing clear explanations and analysis on such topics as:
- library data models and their connection to technology, from early printing to relational databases and the Semantic Web;
- ideas and influence of leading thinkers such Lubetsky, Wilson and Tillet, along with lesser known theorists like Tanaguchi;
- IFLA meetings that led to the FRBR study group, including its original charge and final report;
- FRBR as a conceptual model and how that differs from data models;
- the FRBR document’s flawed entity-relationship model and how it overlooks user needs;
- efforts to define a work as a meaningful, creative unit separate from the physical package;
- detailed analysis of the FRBR entities; and
- implementations of FRBR both inside and outside the library community.
Coyle is a librarian with over 30 years’ experience with library technology, who serves as consultant on a variety of issues relating to digital libraries. She has published dozens of articles and reports, many of which are available at kcoyle.net. She has served on several standards committees, including the MARC standards group (MARBI) and the NISO committee AX for the OpenURL standard, and was an ALA representative on the e-book standards development team that contributed to the ePub standard. She writes and speaks on a wide range of policy areas, including intellectual property, privacy, and public access to information. Her January 2010 issue of Library Technology Reports, “Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata,” was awarded the 2011 ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award.
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