Process for Amendments to FRBR
- Suggestions for revisions to FRBR from any source are forwarded to the Chair of the FRBR Review Group who will make a preliminary assessment.
- Suggestions for revisions are then given a further assessment by the FRBR Review Group. The Review Group can choose to follow through on a suggestion itself, or assign the work to an individual member or to a Working Group.
- Once a specific textual change to FRBR is proposed, (if through a Working Group, then after consensus by the Working Group members), it is forwarded to the Chair of the Review Group.
- The Chair of the Review Group forwards the revised text and any background documentation to the Review Group members by email for an initial consultation period of at least 4 weeks.
- Should the initial consultation result in any further questions, revisions, corrections, these are returned to the relevant Working Group or member for consideration and eventual incorporation into the proposal. (back to #3)
- When email consultation indicates consensus, the Chair of the Review Group will, with notification to the Chair of the Cataloguing Section Standing Committee, forward the proposal to the Review Group requesting approval to begin worldwide review. The Chair of the Cataloguing Section Standing Committee can decide to forward the proposal to the Standing Committee at this point.
- Invitations for worldwide review are posted on the IFLA website, and circulated on the FRBR electronic discussion list and other appropriate lists, for a 3-month period.
- Comments received as a result of the worldwide review are considered by the FRBR Review Group, and if appropriate, by the originating Working Group.
- The Chair of the Review Group forwards the revised text to the Review Group members by email for a final 4-week consultation period. If extensive revisions were made at this stage, the Review Group could recommend another worldwide review.
- Once approved by the Review Group, the Chair of the Review Group forwards the proposed amendment(s), and any background documentation, to the Cataloguing Section Standing Committee, including recommendations about how to publish them.
- The Cataloguing Section SC approves the proposed amendment(s) and decides how to publish them. If a new edition of the complete FRBR text is being compiled, the SC discusses with IFLA Headquarters about whether the IFLA publisher should publish a new printed edition.
- Approved modifications are announced widely, including in SCATNews, International Cataloguing and Bibliographic Control, other relevant publications, IFLA-L, the FRBR list, other relevant lists.
Ideally, approved modifications are integrated into the PDF and HTML versions of FRBR on the IFLA website so that the version offered for downloading is always the latest one.
- In addition, for brief changes affecting only a few pages of FRBR, the amended pages are also made available separately in PDF on the IFLA website, for ease of identifying updates. These amendments are placed prominently on the final report web page and in the publications section of the Cataloguing Section's page. This listing will include mention of the sections being amended. These amendments are sequentially numbered within the edition they amend (e.g., the first amendment to the 1998 first edition will be numbered 1998-01).
- Once sufficient brief amendments accumulate, or should there be a large amendment or package of related amendments, the complete FRBR text would move to a new edition.
Published as Appendix B in the FRBR Review Group's Meeting Report for August 2006.
Last update: 25 May 2017