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NISO Webinar: MARC and FRBR: Friends or Foes?

October 10, 2012
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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About the Webinar

MARC and FRBR are among the best known acronyms in today’s cataloging world. With the implementation of RDA by the US national libraries in the late winter/spring of 2013, and with other libraries already adopting the new cataloging code, a great deal of discussion is taking place about FRBR and whether it is implementable. In addition, the viability of the MARC format has been called into question. What is wrong with MARC, and what alternatives are there? Join David Lindahl and John Myers for presentations and Q&A relating to these two cataloging fundamentals.


NISO Webinar: MARC and FRBR: Friends or Foes?

Todd Carpenter, Executive Director at NISO

Whither or Wither MARC? The Challenges of 21st Century Data to a 20th Century Communications Format
John Myers, Catalog Librarian at Union College’s Schaffer Library

Originally developed to assist in printing catalog cards, the MARC format is in its 45th year. Are today’s (and tomorrow’s) data needs and structures adequately served by this workhorse of most contemporary catalogers’ experience? What possibly could displace this reliable feature of the bibliographic landscape?

John Myers is Catalog Librarian at Union College’s Schaffer Library. He currently serves as the MARBI liaison to CC:DA, after previously serving as intern, voting member, and chair of CC:DA. He is a regional trainer and speaker on introductory cataloging and on cataloging futures.

FRBR at Fourteen: Will Its Time Ever Come?
David Lindahl, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Executive Director of the eXtensible Catalog Organization, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries

IFLA’s Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records was published in 1998, and most library systems still have not implemented it. What is the likelihood that this data model will ever play an integral role in the design of library applications? This presentation will examine the future prospects for this data model in terms of its real impact upon libraries and library technology.

David Lindahl is Chief Technology Officer and Co-Executive Director of the eXtensible Catalog Organization at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries. David currently serves as a member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative working group. He is a frequent speaker on next-generation discovery and metadata management systems, and on the implementation of XC software and the XC Schema.


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Registration closes on October 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm Eastern.

Registration Costs

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  • NISO Member
    • $89.00 (US and Canada)
    • $104.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $89.00
  • Non-Member
    • $119.00 (US and Canada)
    • $144.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $49.00

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on October 10, 2012. Cancellations made by October 3, 2012 will receive a refund, less a $20 cancellation fee. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the webinar via e-mail the Monday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions before the start of the webinar.
  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact the NISO office to provide alternate contact information.
  • Webinar presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants will receive access information to the archived webinar following the event. An e-mail message containing archive access instructions will be sent within 48 hours of the event.