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April 12, 2004

The Northern Ohio Chapter, American Society for Information Science and Technology, and
NOTSL, Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians present:

Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR): challenge, opportunity, or...

a program by

Dr. Maja Zumer
Monday, April 12, 2004, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
at Cleveland State University Library

FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) is a 1998 recommendation of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to restructure catalog databases to reflect the conceptual structure of information resources. Many of us have only heard about it and know the big impact it has, but with no clear idea about its functions. If fully implemented, FRBR could produce the biggest change cataloging has seen in the last century. Library of Congress, OCLC, and major vendors are working to integrate FRBR.

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Special thanks to Dr. Glenda Thornton, Director, Cleveland State University Library and to Dr. Marcia Lei Zeng, Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, for arranging this event. For more about NORASIST, visit: For more about NOTSL, visit:

Dr. Maja Zumer will be honored in April 2004 as Distinguished Alumna of the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science. She is Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). She holds a Ph.D. in information science from University of Zagreb (Croatia), M.L.S. from Kent State University and B.S. in mathematics from University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). Before she became a faculty member of LIS at University of Ljubljana, she was first a systems librarian then (since 1996) head of Research and Development Department at the National and University Library in Ljubljana.

Her research interests include design and evaluation of information retrieval systems, end-user interfaces, and, recently, FRBR model, particularly implementation aspects. She has received a number of grants from the Ministries of Slovenia as well as the European Commission and has led national level large projects with international funding such as retrospective conversion of catalogs of Slovenian national library. Her scholarly publications include over 20 papers, five invited conference papers and many international conference presentations. She has been invited to speak on topics of library automation, electronic national bibliographies, FRBR in Slovenia and abroad.

Dr. Zumer serves as a member of Standing committee of Bibliography section of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). She is a member of IFLA working groups 'Guidelines for OPAC displays' and 'Use of metedata schemes', and expert group 'FRBR review group'. She is the chair of the Working Group of Guidelines for electronic national bibliographies.

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