FRBR and FRAD: Keys to RDA (Online workshop)

Currently Offered Sessions

No sessions currently scheduled.


The studies titled "Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records" (FRBR) and "Functional Requirements for Authority Data" (FRAD) give a big picture view of the structure and content of library catalogs. They go on to describe how this structure and content provide the foundation for the actions users perform when interacting with the catalog. Together, these studies form the foundation for the new cataloging code "Resource Description and Access" (RDA), which the Library of Congress will adopt for their cataloging come March 31, 2013. Trainers and practitioners alike agree that knowledge of FRBR and FRAD can greatly assist the cataloger in understanding the new cataloging code. This workshop gives participants an overview of FRBR/FRAD, their concepts and terminology, and how these in turn manifest themselves in cataloging under RDA.

Registrants participate in this workshop by viewing short pre-recorded videos, reading documentation, engaging in discussion on forum boards, and working on exercises. No live presentations are part of this workshop. All participants will receive a certificate of completion upon the workshop's conclusion.

MOODLE: Minitex uses the Moodle course management system as our training material delivery platform. Moodle registration instructions will be sent to you via e-mail about one week before the start of the workshop. Participants are strongly encouraged to register at least three days before the workshop begins. Moodle registration will close on the first day of training.

SCHEDULE: This workshop is delivered over a 12-day period, including weekends. Your access to Moodle--which is 24/7 over the course of this training session--will continue for a few days after the workshop's conclusion.

The next session of this workshop will be scheduled for 2014.

Who Should Attend?

Catalogers and other interested library staff.


1. Cataloging experience
2. Familiarity with AACR2; knowledge of RDA is optional
3. Some familiarity with MARC21 format for bibliographic records and authority records