Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Understanding the BIBFRAME Model and Vocabulary

Instructor: Rebecca Guenther

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Libraries, archives and museums have developed metadata standards for describing resources in their collections for years, well before we heard of the word “metadata”. The Library of Congress initially developed and implemented the MARC formats for encoding bibliographic data that could be read by computers in 1968. They have gone through numerous changes during the last 50 years based on user needs and developed a large infrastructure that supports creating, sharing and managing bibliographic data. It is not surprising that replacing it has proven to be a difficult task requiring world-wide input and experimentation. With the development and growth of the Web, new ways of sharing information have emerged, and the vision of the Semantic Web suggests the potential of exposing the rich metadata created by cultural heritage institutions beyond their traditional users. As many institutions have begun to experiment with and share bibliographic data as Linked Data, the Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) has been under development to provide a Linked Data compatible framework and language to replace MARC.

It is a challenge to both take advantage of new models and tools that have emerged as part of the Semantic Web and still be able to carry over the rich bibliographic data that our institutions have spent many years creating and sharing. BIBFRAME is an effort to create a framework that supports the description of all kinds of information objects in a Linked Data context, to connect with other Linked Data initiatives, and eventually to support the functionality needed for libraries, archives and museums as curators of their information objects.

This workshop gives an overview of Linked Data, how it is encoded and used, and its importance to libraries, archives, and museums. It presents the context for and development of the BIBFRAME model and vocabulary. The BIBFRAME vocabulary version 2.0 is explored, including its principles and encoding conventions as well as its strengths and shortcomings. It will look at other related ontologies and vocabularies, including controlled vocabularies that are available as Linked Data and possible extensions to BIBFRAME, some of which are under development. Tools for transforming existing MARC records and creating BIBFRAME descriptions in a BIBFRAME Editor will be shown, and current experimentation will be discussed, especially those as part of the Linked Data for Production (LD4P) project. A look at future developments and possible implementation scenarios will be included.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the principles of Linked Data and why it is important to libraries, museums and archives
  • Explore the reasons for developing BIBFRAME, its data model, and how it can apply to various types of resources
  • Understand the BIBFRAME vocabulary version 2.0 and how bibliographic data is expressed using it
  • Learn about other Linked Data vocabularies that it will likely interact with
  • Explore tools for converting MARC records to BIBFRAME and editing BIBFRAME descriptions
  • Learn about experimentation and what to expect in the future

This course can be taken as one of eight courses needed to earn our Certificate in Cataloging and Technical Services, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Rebecca Guenther

Rebecca Guenther has over 35 years of experience in national libraries, primarily working on metadata standards. Most of that time was at the Library of Congress developing national and international metadata standards, including MARC 21, MODS, PREMIS, METS, and ISO language codes. She has served on numerous national and international standards committees, several as chair, has published widely in professional literature, and has given many workshops and presentations. She is currently a consultant on metadata issues based in New York. Some of her previous and current consultancies include the Library of Congress (working on BIBFRAME and PREMIS), the National Book Foundation, the New York Art Resources Consortium, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Metropolitan New York Library Council. She teaches metadata at NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, Pratt’s School of Information and Library Science and several classes for Lyrasis. She continues to serve on the PREMIS Editorial Committee, MODS Editorial Committee and PB Core Advisory Subcommittee. Interview

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.