Document Type

Article

Date

2014

Embargo Period

10-26-2016

Keywords

bibliographic records, Semantic Web, linked data, library cataloging

Language

English

Disciplines

Cataloging and Metadata | Library and Information Science

Description/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.

Additional Information

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly on December 22, 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01639374.2014.960988.

DOI

10.1080/01639374.2014.960988

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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
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