Alphabet Soup: Decoding Catalog Speak

Cataloging and metadata have so many acronyms — how is that even possible? BIBFRAME? FRBR, FRAD, FRSAD, LRM? MARC? RDA? XML? What does it all mean? How does it fit in with library work? We’ll go through library lingo from A-Z with an emphasis on cataloging and metadata terminology, connecting the terminologies together. Not sure of a term that you’ve heard used in library work? Here’s your chance to ask an expert!

Resources: Slides, a self-scoring knowledge check, and a glossary will be shared for quick reference. 

Audience: All audiences, but especially of interest to staff new to technical services type of work, cataloging, metadata work, archives, public services or systems staff; or those who wish to learn more about cataloging and metadata work.


Robin Fay is an Instructor and Metadata Librarian who has worked with academic, public, and community college libraries, multistate consortia, and nonprofit organizations including Orbis Cascade Alliance, the Digital Public Library of America, the University System of Georgia, and, among others. Her interests are in immersive technologies and the intersection of machine learning, data, and us! Feel free to connect with Robin at LinkedIn or elsewhere.