Breaking records: The history of bibliographic records and their influence in conceptualizing bibliographic data

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Abstract

A bibliographic record is a conceptual whole that includes all bibliographic information about a resource together in one place. With the Semantic Web, individual data statements are linked across the web. This position article argues that the traditional conceptualization of bibliographic records affects the affordances and limitations of that data. A historical analysis of the development of bibliographic records contrasted with the Semantic Web model reveals how the “record” model shaped library cataloging and the implications on library catalogs today. Reification of the record model for bibliographic data hampers possibilities for innovation in cataloging, inspiring a reconceptualization of bibliographic description.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-302
Number of pages17
JournalCataloging and Classification Quarterly
Volume53
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 19 2015

Keywords

  • Bibliographic records
  • Library cataloging
  • Linked data
  • Semantic Web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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