Join NISO for our October webinar event:

Webinar: MARC and FRBR: Friends or Foes?
Date: October 10, 2012
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Event webpage:



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 NISO for presentations and Q&A relating to these two cataloging


. 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?

. 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
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.


Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to
the online recorded archive of the webinar. Can't attend on the date/time of
the webinar; register and you can view the recording at your convenience.

Discounts are available for NISO and NASIG members and for students. NISO
Library Standards Alliance members may attend this webinar free of charge
(included in membership); contact your organization's NISO representative
for information about participation. 

For more information and to register, visit the event webpage:

Cynthia Hodgson
Technical Editor / Consultant
National Information Standards Organization
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