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Descriptive cataloguing and RDA and FRAD August 6, 2013

Filed under: ETL505 Bibliographic Standards in Education — Jennifer Baccon @ 1:02 pm

Content type, media type, carrier type

  • Confusing mix of ‘content’ and ‘carrier’. According to Oliver (2010, p. 51) AACR2R as mainly dealt with print
  •  According to Oliver (2010, p. 51): ‘Information that used to be conveyed through general and specific material designations is now rigorously sorted to distinguish between information about the expression and information about the manifestation. This information is recorded using a grid or framework consisting of three elements: content type, media type, and carrier type. This framework can provide a large number of combinations of data to cover both current and future types of resources.’

Choice of access points

  • Equate heading?  Name headings, title and series headings and subject headings
  • Author important access point although alternates still needed
  • RDA creator as major access point
  • RDA uses “preferred title” for main entry serving as ‘the authorised access point representing the work’
  • heading = access point
  • main entry = primary access point
  • added entry = additional access point

Authority control

  • Files/lists of standard names and other kinds of access point, such as subjects, on which cataloguers can base their headings
  • The process of maintaining and developing these files is called authority control

Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD)

  • RDA (in Section 3) incorporates instructions for recording attributes of persons, families and corporate bodies
  • Many of these attributes are recorded not in the access point used in the bibliographic description, but in separate authority records
  • User tasks find; identify; contextualise; justify
  • These user tasks, while overlapping with those of FRBR, incorporate an additional user category: that of the authority data creators who create and maintain authority files
  • Adds family to group 2 entities
  • Different from FRBR in treatment of “name”
  • FRBR and FRAD same entities but different attributes as bibliographic data versus authority data
  • FRAD has more attributes
  • FRAD emphasis on role of relationships between entities

Variant access points

  • Provision of variant access points is a key component of authority control (see for example RDA 9.2.3 and RDA 11.13.2) eg UNESCO (Acronyms)


  • Collocation: to bring authorised access points together in the catalogue

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