The Use of RDA Elements in Support of FRBR User Tasks

Philip Hider*, Ying Hsang Liu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Resource Description and Access (RDA) stipulates that certain "core" elements should always be included, where applicable, in bibliographic and authority records, due to their importance in supporting the user tasks defined in Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. However, the elements' relative importance has not been empirically tested. This study investigates which elements in bibliographic records are currently most used in a university library catalog, by means of think-aloud sessions conducted by expert and non-expert users, who were assigned sets of typical bibliographic tasks. The results indicate that, in this context at least, the most utilized elements are not all core.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-872
Number of pages16
JournalCataloging and Classification Quarterly
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


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