Blacksburg, VA. - In February 2012, Jewish Public Library/ Bibliothèque publique juive (JPL), in Montreal, Quebec will become the first public library in the world to adopt the RDA/FRBR standard by implementing the FRBR/RDA capabilities of their Virtua ILS. JPL joined VTLS in 1994, and implemented the Chamo Social OPAC in 2011. The FRBR/RDA implementation in Virtua extends the functions of the traditional bibliographic record, which will make it easier for patrons of JPL to find and obtain information. Virtua is currently the only ILS offering full FRBR and RDA Scenario 1 support.
As stated by Eddie Paul, Head of Bibliographic and Information Services at JPL: “JPL turns 100 in 2014, and as a kind of birthday gift to ourselves, we are adamantly expressing our youthful ambition to remain contemporary and on the cutting edge of integrated library services technology, while at the same time, trying to balance precarious budgets and the rapidly shifting ways in which people read and incorporate information. Imagine linking the oldest book in the collection (The Antiquities of the Jews
, Flavius Josephus, 1481) written in Latin, with the newest edition in the collection (Iudeiskaia voina
. Moscow: Gerashim, 1996). It becomes a map where work, expression, manifestation, and item are four exits off the main highway that all lead you to similar but not identical places."
The JPL’s circulating and reference collections consist of books and audiovisual material on the humanities, social sciences, the arts, language, science, and material dealing with Jewish intellectual thought. The collection is in five principal languages: English, French, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian, though their special collection consists of additional material in Polish, German, Spanish, Ladino, Aramaic, and dozens of other languages.
“The user related functions of find, navigate, identify
and select are greatly enhanced by the relationships that are possible through the use of the RDA/FRBR model. Its implementation will surely enhance the user experience in visualizing and selecting from the rich collection of materials at the Jewish Public Library” said Vinod Chachra, President and CEO of VTLS Inc.
Eddie Paul encouraged the adoption of FRBR and RDA to break free of the imposed restrictions of AACR2: “We have in the collection multiple works of the Bible, Talmud, and other core Jewish canonical works in various forms, subsections, editions, portions, and translations. Based on their respective cultural backgrounds, our constituents frequently ask for these works by different names, and it becomes difficult for them to find the works by themselves without the mediation of a reference librarian. By bibliographically linking many of these works, I’m hoping this will empower users to a point where they will be able to find these works much more easily and with much less frustration.”
About FRBR/RDA: RDA is built on the foundations established by the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR). It will provide a comprehensive set of guidelines and instructions on resource description and access covering all types of content and media. The new standard is being developed for use primarily in libraries, but consultations are being undertaken with other communities (archives, museums, publishers, educators, book dealers, ILS vendors, etc.) in an effort to attain effective levels of alignment between RDA and the metadata standards used in those communities.
FRBR is used in reference to the entity-relationship model which defines the characteristics of works, expressions, manifestations, and items in a catalogue record.
About JPL: Since 1914, the Jewish Public Library has been serving Montrealers’ diverse recreational, informational, educational, and cultural needs. Whether it’s a rare 16th century Bible, children’s magazines, or our computer centre, we keep past, present and future in mind with every aspect of our collections and services in 5 languages: English, French, Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian. In addition, the Library also presents numerous lectures, cultural events, and concerts year-round.