LYRASIS is offering an online class on BIBFRAME on September 21st 2:00 – 4:00pm EST. Register for this and other classes on metadata, digitization, and preservation at



Many institutions have begun to make their bibliographic data and vocabularies available as Linked Open Data, exposing the wealth of resources in libraries to the wider world of the Web. The Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) is such a development, which is intended to be a replacement for MARC and to serve as a general model for expressing and connecting bibliographic data utilizing Linked Data principles. This workshop gives a brief overview of Linked Data and describes the BIBFRAME Linked Data model and how it compares to other efforts to model bibliographic data, such as FRBR. It also provides an overview of the BIBFRAME vocabulary, which is used to describe bibliographic resources as Linked Data compatible statements. It reviews the development of BIBFRAME to date, looking at tools, such as the MARC to BIBFRAME transformation tool and the BIBFRAME Editor and current experimentation.


Learning outcomes:

-Understand the BIBFRAME Data Model and how entities used in bibliographic descriptions are related.

-Review the BIBFRAME vocabulary, which enables the statements that are made about bibliographic resources.

-Explore how MARC data elements are transformed to BIBFRAME classes and properties

-Look at tools that are available for experimenting with BIBFRAME.

-Review current projects that are experimenting with BIBFRAME.



Rebecca Guenther has 35 years of experience in national libraries, primarily working on library technology standards related to digital libraries. She has a bachelors’ degree from Beloit College in Wisconsin and a Masters of Science from Simmons College of Library Science. She started her career at the National Library of Medicine as a cataloger and later moved to the Library of Congress. Most of her professional life has been at the Library of Congress developing national and international standards related to metadata, including MARC, MODS, PREMIS, METS, and ISO language codes. She has served on numerous standards and implementation committees, several as chair, is widely published in professional literature, and has given many tutorials, workshops and presentations. She is currently living in New York, working remotely for the Library of Congress on MODS, PREMIS, LC's Linked Data Service, and the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative. In addition she is an adjunct professor in NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program and does consulting on metadata issues.


Please contact me with any questions about our classes.




Annie Peterson

Preservation Services Librarian

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