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Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information Committee

January 21-23, 2012
Dallas, TX

DRAFT AGENDA (January 6, 2012)

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, Ballroom E/F)

  1. Introduction of members
  2. Approval of minutes from MARBI's June 2011 meetings
  3. Proposal No. 2012-01: New Data Elements in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats for Medium of Performance
  4. The Future Role of MARBI in the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative: Questions for Discussion:

    1. MARBI has been mentioned as one of the informal partners in LC's Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative.  Specifically, how will MARBI assist with this initiative?  What is the appropriate role of MARBI in this period of investigation and possible transition away from (some or all of) the MARC formats?

    2. How does MARBI see itself fulfilling the more encompassing elements of its charge from ALA (which never mentions MARC specifically)?  Should MARBI review its current charge and determine whether the committee's actions and/or the charge itself need to be changed?  How do the current MARBI sponsoring divisions of ALCTS, LITA, and RUSA feel about this?  How are the roles and charges of MARBI and the MARC Advisory Committee distinct?

    3. How should MARBI allocate its resources in the coming years?  How should we balance the needs of communities still using MARC with the needs of those that are moving to another framework?

    4. Should a list be generated of the perceived strengths and shortcomings of MARC?  What are some of the features that would be desirable in a "next generation" bibliographic framework -- data structure (strings, elements, linkages), functional requirements of the data (transcription, controlled access, display), language of tagging (coded, natural, or neutral)?

    5. Karen Coyle reminds us that we need to use a new vocabulary when discussing these issues.  Although we are accustomed to terms such as "field," "subfield," "fixed field," and "indicator," these concepts are tied to the structure of MARC.  Also it would be prudent to avoid using terms from any specific data model, such as FRBR.  We need to be able to talk about our metadata needs without reference to any particular record or data structure, since we currently do not know the format in which our data will live.  What are these "clean" terms?  Could a list be generated?  And how could MARBI promote their adoption and usage?

  5. Reports
  6. Business meeting

Sunday, January 22, 2012, 1:30-3:30, 4:00-5:30 p.m. (Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, Ballroom E/F)

  1. Continuation of any discussion from previous meeting.
  2. Discussion Paper 2012-DP01: Identifying Titles Related to the Entity Represented by the Authority Record in the MARC 21 Authority Format

Monday, January 23, 2012

  1. No meeting scheduled.

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