Thanks for your comments.  Getting to the point where someone can actually do something has been difficult, but perhaps this next year we will see more possibilities.  We are trying to get some tools out that will be enablers for real experimentation.  We have a testbed project where anyone who wants to try real use of BIBFRAME model can register and exchange information with others who want to do the same.  And Beacher Wiggins, the Director of cataloging and acquisitions here at the Library of Congress, plans to have a pilot project using BIBFRAME next year.   


We will be presenting on the tools and plans at the BF session at ALA on Sunday and will try to get information out to the listserv after that.  The future tools work includes a couple of small RFPs that will be open to competition soon.


We also see today that an effort called Libhub has been started that specially involves public libraries.  We are very glad to see different and diverse experiments even as we work to keep the core standards stabile in support.  Every bit will help.


Regards, Sally



Sally H. McCallum

Chief, Network Development and MARC Standards Office

Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., SE

Washington, DC 20540  USA

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From: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jeremy Goldstein
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Subject: Re: [BIBFRAME] Thoughts about Bibframe


The development of bibframe certainly has some promise, and in theory migrating the structure of our databases to such a form is long overdue.  However, I see it as having the same sort of implementation problems that have beset RDA.


It's being developed in a top down way such that it is being imposed upon the bibliographic community without a great deal of involvement from the rank and file catalogers.  And to my knowledge there has yet to be any serious investment in the project from any ILS vendors.  Without some sense that bibframe will actually become practical to use for a standard public library it is going to have a hard time launching successfully.

Jeremy Goldstein

Supervisor of Resource Management

Minuteman Library Network

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On Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 8:55 AM, Meehan, Thomas <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Dear all,


Hello. I am preparing a presentation on Bibframe for the autumn and am particularly interested in getting a general sense of what the community thinks of the Bibframe initiative and, in particular, how people see it developing and being implemented in the future. I would love to hear any views on this, especially from a wide section of the community (cataloguers, systems people, vendors, those working with linked data already, etc.). If you prefer, please feel free to contact me off-list or point me at write-ups (e.g. blog posts) that express your views. I would be very happy to receive even a brief indication of your thoughts.


I will treat any personal communications as confidential and will not quote from them without permission.


Many thanks,





Thomas Meehan

Head of Current Cataloguing

Library Services

University College London

Gower Street

London WC1E 6BT


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