RDA-L FRBR-LRM: The bibliographic universe and non-human and fictitious agents

Posting to RDA-L

I also haven’t had time to look at this until only recently. My first question was: who is this for? When I first saw the term: library reference model, I was hoping that it would somehow be aimed at and include reference and other public services so that we could finally discover if the models fulfill their perception of what the users need.

This doesn’t seem to be the case however, and the purpose of LRM is to consolidate FRBR, FRAD and FRSAD into a single model. Then, I guess, Bibframe (if it is ever accepted) will have to be modified again to accept this new, complete reference model; then library systems will have to adapt again (or not).

If nothing else, the terminology in FRBR-LRM will have to change. It is quite disturbing as it swings from words that seem more appropriate for a graduate seminar in philosophy (e.g. res, nomens) to the poetic descriptions noted by Robert Maxwell, an expression defined as “A distinct constellation of signs conveying intellectual or artistic content,” although I suspect that too, relies on semiotics.

It seems as if our grandchildren may have long grey beards when it is all done. But at least librarians will know that after the passing of all of those decades, through the good times and the bad, the public will applaud us because it will be clear that it was LIBRARIANS who had been at the very forefront all along, and together we will survey the new world from the Radiant Heights of Information Retrieval!

Sorry, I couldn’t restrain myself from appropriating old Soviet propaganda language! It’s Friday, after all and a holiday weekend as well. 😉

Happy Easter to all.