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Folktales, Facets, and FRBR


The goal of this multiple-phased research project is the development of a next-generation catalog prototype implementation with enhanced records for access to the folktale collection in the Center for Children's Books that gives special consideration to the shared and unique information seeking tasks of three distinct user groups: scholars, practitioners and laypeople. Bibliographic records for folktale resources frequently omit indicators of the rich, cultural heritage these items represent and provide only minimal access to their intellectual contents. Record enhancements may incorporate existing folktale classifications such as the Aarne-Thompson tale-type index and controlled vocabularies as well as current developments in cataloguing practices and standards such as FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records).

Project PI

PI: Carol Tilly, Kathryn La Barre
Project Contact: Carol Tilley
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Research Area(s)

Digital Collections and Curation
CIRSS projects in this sector focus on how to build, represent, and make accessible research collections, with a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with the curation and f...

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La Barre, K., & Tilley, K. (2010). Folktales and Facets: Final project report to OCLC/ALISE for grant via OCLC/ALISE LISRG program. Retrieved
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Tilley, C., & La Barre, K. (2010). New Models from Old Tools: Leveraging an Understanding of Information Tasks and Subject Domain to Support Enhanced Discovery and Access to Folktales. In C. Gnoli, & F. Mazzocci (Eds.) Paradigms and Conceptual Systems in Knowledge Organization, Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (Vol. 12, pp. 269-275). Würzburg: Ergon Verlag.
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La Barre, K., & Tilley, C. (2010) A Sense of Wonder: Enhancing Access to Folktales through Task and Facet Analysis. Proceedings of the 2010 iConference. Available:
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