NISO recently announced the winter 2013 issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) is available and its theme is the evolution of bibliographic data exchange. This issue is edited by OCLC’s Ted Fons and is freely available on the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) ISQ site.
The Metadata Discussion Group (MDG) tackled BIBFRAME in our October discussion and we agreed that we would like to see more concrete examples of BIBFRAME in action. Therefore, I was thrilled that Jackie Shieh wrote about George Washington University Libraries experience as an early experimenter in the BIBFRAME initiative. While is article focuses more on the administrative side, it is possible that we will start seeing the results of these early experimenters soon. Zepheira and LC’s 2014 plans for BIBFRAME focus on software development and demonstrations, as well as short-term analysis of lingering issues.
It is difficult for library staff to comprehend and anticipate how linked data will affect our workflow, the display of our bibliographic records, and user access/retrieval. I feel like BIBFRAME is a massive trust exercise and we cross our fingers that those who are building and tweaking the model are leading us in the right direction. But, we should try to read as much as possible on the subject since it impacts us greatly. NISO webinars and their publications have been good resources for us on best practices in the library community.
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