May 22, 2022

New Journal Article: “RDA Implementation and the Emergence of BIBFRAME”

The following article was recently published in the Italian Journal of Library, Archives, and Information Science (JLIS). This issue features papers presented at the European RDA Interest Group (EURIG) 2017 Annual Meeting.


RDA Implementation and the Emergence of BIBFRAME


Magda El-Sherbini
Ohio State University


Italian Journal of Library, Archives, and Information Science (JLIS)
Vol. 9, No. 1 (2018): An Overview on RDA in Europe: EURIG2017
DOI:  10.4403/


RDA (Resource Description and Access) has been adopted and is widely used as the standard for descriptive cataloging by libraries and related institutions. Since its implementation, RDA continues to evolve and grow to meet the end user needs. These developments brought into focus some of the shortcomings of MARC 21 as a description tool. Recognizing the need to create a more effective vehicle for bibliographic description, the Library of Congress developed BIBFRAME, a linked data alternative to MARC 21. In my article, I will discuss the evolution of RDA and the challenges of implementing the system, highlight the issues with MARC 21 in its relation to RDA and the role that BIBFRAME can play in the newly emerging information model.

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17 pages; PDF.

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