Hi Jane --
BIBRFRAME class AccessPolicy is really about policy, intending to reflect current cataloging rules, rather than access conditions pertaining to specific scenarios. I think that the use cases you mention are more along the lines of holdings and circulation.
Even so, AccessPolicy is not an area that we plan to model, but rather, we define the class as a stub so that descriptions can be supplied based on extensions defined by external ontologies. There are some candidate ontologies that we are exploring.
However, the area of holdings and circulation is possibly even more out of scope for BIBFRAME. Similarly, there would need to be an external ontology developed by subject experts. There are existing protocols, but they would need to be turned into linked data ontologies. We are also looking into this.
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> Subject: [BIBFRAME] How to describe complexities with bf:AccessPolicy?
> Hello all,
> I would like to learn more about the bf:AccessPolicy class. I didn't notice any
> specifics within the ontology about how these policies are to be modeled, and
> the only example I could find just hase the value "unrestricted" . Is anybody
> looking into making this class a bit more robust, perhaps with their own
> I am particularly interested in a use case in which a patron would know
> whether or not they could access a physical item, and how they would go about
> accessing it. Take for example the BIBFRAME use case of Alex's mom who is
> searching for copies of the Phantom Tollbooth near her current location .
> This use case is overly simple: Alex's mom is probably not content just knowing
> that there are copies of the book nearby; she probably would be more
> interested in a query that returns nearby items that she could actually access.
> This is complicated by the fact that Alex's mom could be looking for any of a
> number of different types of access:
> 1) Checking out the item and taking it out of the library for a certain amout of
> 2) Checking out the item for use within the library (such as academic libraries'
> textbook collections, or keys to study rooms, etc.)
> 3) Using the item within the library
> 4) Getting the library item delivered to her (a service that some academic
> libraries offer to distance education students, some public libraries offer to
> homebound patrons, and some corporate libraries
> 5) Getting the item delivered to another library by a courier (which may take
> more time than Alex's mom would like)
> 6) Placing a hold on the item to check out later (which is encouraged by some
> libraries, discouraged by others -- sometimes even with a small fee for holds)
> Additionally, here are some complexities that Alex's mom would face if she
> lived in the county where I work:
> 1) Our county has a consortium of municipal libraries, rather than a county-
> wide system. So if Alex's mom didn't live in one of the cities that pays taxes
> toward its own municipal library, she would have to pay a non-resident fee
> before checking out any of those copies of the Phantom Tollbooth that are
> housed at those municipal libraries.
> 2) The items might be checked out, damaged, or otherwise unavailable.
> 3) Some libraries don't participate in the courier service. So, depending on the
> library that holds the item, Alex's mom might have to visit the owning library in
> 4) Each library has a different set of circulation and hold policies.
> 5) Perhaps Alex's mom has a blocking fine at one of the libraries, or has been
> trespassed for violating some rule. While the latter isn't particularly likely, I
> don't believe that any item has a truly "unrestricted" access policy.
> So a much more useful query pattern for Alex's mom would include the
> following sorts of WHERE statements:
> * The bf:Item allows a type of access that interests Alex's mom
> * Alex's mom is actually allowed to use that type of access
> * Alex's mom can access that bf:Item in a reasonable amount of time
> It would be very nice if bf:accessPolicy data could tell patrons what they could
> and could not access, and when they could access temporarily inaccessible or
> remote items. Does anybody have any ideas about how that might work?
> Thanks for your help!
>  https://www.loc.gov/bibframe/docs/pdf/bf2-items-apr2016.pdf
>  http://bibframe.org/documentation/bibframe-usecases/#holdings
> Jane Sandberg
> Electronic Resources Librarian
> Linn-Benton Community College
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