Are we ready for BIBFRAME? The future of the new model in Arab region / Rania Osman

Are we ready for BIBFRAME? The future of the new model in Arab region


Rania Osman

Head of Knowledge Management & Organization Unit,

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته.



Today we are living in the era of the information revolution that has left its mark and its implications clear to all sectors of society, including the libraries that cannot lag behind the spirit of the age, and that the distance from its characteristics, and must be change with these traits and characteristics because they are one of the social, science .Libraries in our present lives leap great quality is an important shift in the shape and nature of the information and services provided by the beneficiaries.

This research focuses on the Arab libraries' implementation and how they can contribute to the international cataloguing community; should we contribute in the testing phase or we are still behind. The findings of this paper aim at giving better understanding to the implementations procedures and requirement and the expected problems with the Arabic materials. As for years now libraries in the United States and Europe turned from the physical environment to the digital in the time that the Arab libraries still focus almost exclusively on purchasing printed books. Do we really need to replace MARC 21? How many libraries adopted RDA in the Arab region? This paper will present the real situation of the Arab libraries that could affect the decision of implementing BIBFRAME. What could we do in this phase?

Moreover, this study will shed light on the needs of the Arab libraries that made the implementation possible and how we could set plane in advance for test and implementation timeline including all the tasks and expenses required Therefore, the decision will be mainly affected by several factors, for example the library system used, the training required and budget required for adoption. Finally, the paper will present a future prospective forecasting how many libraries in the Arab region would be able to implement in the coming years.

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