National Library of Australia

Revolution or Evolution? The impact of FRBR

Melbourne Convention Centre, 2nd February 2004

Invitation from Ebe Kartus, Chair, Australian Committee on Cataloguing

On behalf of the Australian Committee on Cataloguing (ACOC) I would like to invite you to the forthcoming ACOC seminar "Revolution or Evolution? The impact of FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records)". This half-day seminar will be ACOC's main professional development event for cataloguers and metadata creators in 2004. It follows the very successful "Aiming for Access" seminar that attracted over 190 delegates to Sydney in July 2003 and again has a high quality mix of Australian and overseas speakers.

The seminar will be held on the afternoon prior to the commencement of the VALA 2004 Conference and I hope that those of you who will be in Melbourne for VALA will consider coming a little early to attend the "Revolution or Evolution?" seminar.


The Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) report was published by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in 1998. FRBR provides a new conceptual model of bibliographic metadata that relates the content of the record to its various uses. The model describes the various entities within bibliographic metadata that are of most interest to users. It also identifies the relationships between these entities. Instead of a flat record structure, the FRBR model describes a four level hierarchy of bibliographic entities: work, expression, manifestation and item. FRBR arguably has the potential to revolutionise cataloguing and metadata creation, library systems and the library users' experience.

This seminar will provide an introduction to FRBR concepts and a description of FRBR implementation and research projects. It will feature a keynote address by Barbara Tillett, Chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office, Library of Congress. Lorcan Dempsey will discuss OCLC's FRBR research activities. Marie-Louise Ayers from the National Library of Australia will discuss the implementation of FRBR concepts in the Austlit service and other projects. Bemal Rajapatirana from Kinetica will describe research into the application of FRBR concepts within the Australian National Bibliographic Database. Program details


Full text of papers and PowerPoint presentations from the Seminar will be provided where possible. View the papers currently available.


The seminar will be held in the Corryong Room at the conveniently located Melbourne Convention Centre at the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets, Melbourne. See location map for details.

Registration fees

ALIA members/student $75.00

Non-ALIA members $95.00

Registrations close 23 January 2004. Please return the completed registration form along with payment to:
PO Box 6335
Or Fax 02 6282 2249

Seminar inquiries

For registration and sponsorship inquiries:

Sarah Green
Events Co-ordinator
Australian Library and Information Association
Phone: (02) 6215 8235 Fax: (02) 6282 2249

For inquiries regarding the seminar program:

Rob Walls
National Library of Australia

The Australian Committee on Cataloguing would like to thank our seminar sponsor: