Posting to Autocat
On 11/28/2012 08:03 PM, Kevin M Randall wrote:
Allen Mullen wrote:
– a user seeking a Romanian language audiobook in enhanced CD format for a Shakespeare play that has been adapted for teen players is pretty specific in that information need, but the other needs might arise as part of this would not seem to be hierarchical for the most part – it is less likely they will utilize the Group 1 structural relationships to find a similar entity that a Work or Expression relationship would make it easier to locate thanat present. …
The Group 1 entity structures are *exactly* what will lead the user to what they’re looking for.
One possible way this might happen:
The user finds a record or page in the OPAC for the work in general, or for any expression or manifestation. They click on a link for “Videos”, then “Performances”, then “Romanian”, or perhaps “Performances”, then “Romanian”, then “Videos”–or whatever order they system will allow. They get a link to the YouTube video.
No reason to wait for any of that. If someone wants Romanian versions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, just search Worldcat for au:Shakespeare ti:Hamlet http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=au%3Ashakespeare+ti%3Ahamlet click on Romanian (it takes an extra click to click on “More” under languages to include Romanian): http://www.worldcat.org /search?q=au%3Ashakespeare+ti%3Ahamlet&dblist=638&fq=ln%3Arum&qt=facet_ln%3A
and we see what is available. This is simple. The user interface can definitely be improved by making the uniform title easier to search and selecting the language, but that would be much easier to do that than the head-banging work of every single cataloger revising every single record.
Why aren’t these powers heralded as great successes that save incredible time and much needed money? Improvements in software have clearly made much of FRBR obsolete.
How long and how much work will it take to make an FRBR structure that will work as easy as this? We could use the money for RDA and FRBR to pay catalogers to create records for the videos in YouTube. Talk about reinventing the wheel!