FRBR Bibliography

The FRBR Review Group has compiled the following bibliography/webliography devoted to FRBR.

Due to the increasingly large number of resources relating in some way to FRBR, the bibliography is not currently being actively updated.

Basic readings

Here are some recommended readings for getting started with FRBR.

Carlyle, Allyson. “Understanding FRBR as a conceptual model: FRBR and the bibliographic universe,” Library Resources & Technical Services, v. 50, no. 4 (October 2006), p. 264-273.
Focuses on what conceptual modelling is, how it applies to bibliographic information.

Danskin, Alan & Ann Chapman. “Bibliographic records in the computer age,” Library & Information Update, v. 2, no. 9 (September 2003), p. 42-43.
Focuses on FRBR's potential for improving displays of search results.

Madison, Olivia M.A. “The IFLA Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records: International Standards for Universal Bibliographic Control,” Library Resources & Technical Services, v. 44, no. 3 (July 2000), p. 153-159.
Available online.
Overview of the model and the FRBR report, including the recommendations for a minimal level national bibliographic record.

Madison, Olivia M.A. “The Origins of the IFLA Study on Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records.” In: Le Bœuf, Patrick (ed.). Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR): Hype, or Cure-All? Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2005, p. 15-37. Published simultaneously as Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, v. 39, no. 3/4 (2005).
Background and context for the creation of the FRBR Study Group.

Maxwell, Robert L. FRBR: A Guide for the Perplexed. Chicago: American Library Association, 2008.

Riva, Pat. “Introducing the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records and Related IFLA Developments,” Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, v. 33, no. 6 (Aug./Sept. 2007), p. 7-11.
Available online.

Shadle, Steve. “FRBR and Serials: An Overview and Analysis,” Serials Librarian, v. 50, no. 1/2 (2006), p. 83-103.
Focuses on modelling journals, journal issues and journal articles in FRBR.

Taylor, Arlene (ed.). Understanding FRBR: What It Is and How It Will Affect Our Retrieval Tools. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

Tillett, Barbara. What is FRBR? A Conceptual Model for the Bibliographic Universe. Washington: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service, 2003.
Available online in English, Arabic, Finnish, German, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.
Overview of the model with emphasis on bibliographic relationships.

Papers and studies

Any member of the FRBR Review Group or of the FRBR discussion list, and more generally, any individual interested in FRBR issues is invited to make his or her papers and studies devoted to FRBR publicly available on this page, provided they have not been published elsewhere on the Web or in print.

Available papers:

ER = entity relationship
OO = object oriented

Bibliographic Conceptual Models (BCM)

Last update: 1 April 2014