FRBR and serials: implementation, problems and successes


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  • Starting with the simple.In FRBR, one is supposed to work from bottom up. In reality, it’s easier to move work down, then add super-work.Lines copied from OCLC record. Automated frbr-ization is… interesting…
  • Only 2 real lines. If translated versions were available would be more. Need to be really careful about what lives where.VTLS, at least in Sandbox, does not inherit down.
  • The MARC record we’re used to. 780s and 785s live here, as do numbering and merger notes.
  • The super-work, or a work of works. Better understood as a basket keeping publication history together.
  • Simple 2 line record copied from OCLC record. Newspapers are one of the most promising problems to be solved with FRBR for Serials.
  • Merger note lives here, because it’s true of all Manifestations.
  • The meat of the record. Note that, for ease of the patron under MARC (may not be true under MARC replacement), the 580 is repeated here. Contains greyscale and color under 300.
  • Basket. Solves problem where linking fails because library does not own intervening title or not enough information for 780/785. Included 380 Super-work here (could be Metadata), to differentiate record. Public will likely never see this.
  • All results search. Would be modified for public consumption.
  • The cause of my own fascination with FRBR for Serials- comic books. Horror title that became a partially reprinted superhero title that became a circus detective title. Contains the story Library of Horror! Note the Manifestation splits between publishers- this is due to changes in tone. Is, however, a handy grouping.
  • In this case, 785 lives on Expression because of black and white film that is different enough to be a new expression. Local adaptation.
  • Reprint volume- the public library “graphic novel”
  • Charlton as imprint. All are Charlton, but these are the only ones that say it in the indicia.
  • Pretty standard, but this is how items look in Virtua.
  • The basket. Shows all 3 titles. Note the 2 Blue Beetle- first 2 are reprints, second 2 originals.
  • FRBR and serials: implementation, problems and successes

    1. 1. Implementation, problems and successes William TB Fee Digital Collections & Authority Control Librarian Graphical Materials Librarian Disaster Response Librarian State Library of Pennsylvania Library 2.012, 10/04/2012
    2. 2. "But I dont want to go among mad people,” Aliceremarked.“Oh, you cant help that,” said the Cat, “Were all madhere. Im mad. Youre mad…”
    3. 3.  “The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a very deep well.”» --Lewis Carroll. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1916), p. 1. Contact the presenters at:  William Fee – wfee@pa.gov available at: