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Monday, August 18, 2008


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Irvin Flack

There's an irony in MG laying down the theoretical model for RDA, given his recent comments:
"FRBR may have some merit as a way of looking at the theory of cataloguing—it has little as a foundational document for creating a cataloguing code. Never mind that the structure of bibliographic records set out in AACR2/ISBD is well established, accepted by scholars and other catalogue users for decades, and with minor flaws in concept and expression that could easily be corrected—it works in practice, but does it work in theory?"
'RDA: the coming cataloging debacle' http://www.slc.bc.ca/rda1007.pdf

Chris Schwartz

I think Michael Gorman falls squarely into the camp of those who feel there was no need to develop a new cataloging code.

I'd love to hear more as to why he thinks FRBR "has little as a foundational document for creating a cataloguing code." I've been wondering for a long time why he's been such a absent voice in the future of cataloging conversation.

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