FRBR and the History of Cataloguing

You’ve probably heard about the book ‘Understanding FRBR : What It Is and How It Will Affect Our Retrieval Tools‘ edited by Arlene G. Taylor which came out late last year. It’s a great collection of articles on FRBR, but I’d like to particularly recommend to you William Denton’s chapter called, ‘FRBR and the History of Cataloging‘ now freely available on the web. This is a wonderful overview of the history of cataloguing. The chapter was mentioned recently in Current Cites where Karen G. Schneider describes it as, ‘a swashbuckling, intellectually exciting narrative of cataloging history‘. It really is one of the best things I’ve read about cataloguing in a long time.

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