FRBR

FRBR in the Jewish Public Library

Imageby Eddie Paul

On a warm spring evening in Paris on May 29, 1913, an opulent crowd at the Champs Élysées Theatre rioted at the premiere performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. One shrewd musicologist wrote that "the pagans on stage made pagans of the audience." The piece is a celebration of pagan rituals that eventually leads to a sacrifice of a chosen young woman to propitiate the gods of spring.

No such harsh reaction greeted the introduction of RDA or FRBR to the library community back in 1997 when the new replacement for AACR2 was introduced by IFLA, although it certainly hasn’t been without resistance from some elements, possibly because paradigms (MARC is a little over 40 years old) and the people who conceive them shift just a bit more slowly than the tectonic plates. The gods of spring are also not that easily propitiated, especially when the propitiators are limited by consensus and cataloguing subcommittees.

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