An activity in the first module of ETL505 asked us to list elements/attributes of a resource that we might find useful when searching for it – and then breakdown which of the initial four Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) tasks (Hider, 2012, pp. 27 -29) each element was useful for performing.
My initial answer, posted on the forum, was:
So, the first thing I would note is that the revised FRBR has five user tasks, not four. For the purposes of this exercise, I assume we are limiting ourselves to the original four: find, identify, select, and obtain (Hider, 2012, p.18; 2018, pp. 27-29).For the prescribed textbook for the course, some of the elements or attributes that I would find useful for discovering (or finding and identifying or selecting) and retrieving (or obtaining) the resource might be:
- the author’s name
- the title of the work
- an idea of what the subject area of the work is
- the edition information (what number edition and what year of publication are required)
- the available formats
- the price
- availability for purchase
- availability for borrowing or use from a libraryAttributes 1- 5 would be helpful in FINDing that resource and for IDENTIFYing or SELECTing it as well. In this case, I am not quite sure whether I would be IDENTIFYing or SELECTing the resource – I think there would be a bit of an element of both because I would need to IDENTIFY the appropriate edition (for which attribute 4 would be particularly useful) but then use attribute 5 to SELECT which format of the resource I would prefer. For that SELECTion task, I would use elements 5 – 8 to make my choice and then attempt to OBTAIN the item upon which I had decided. (Hider, 2018, pp. 27-29).I included attributes 6 – 8 because they were quite relevant to my particular search process. Having a preference for using a physical text, I opted to purchase the new edition even though attribute 6 was off-putting. However, attribute 7 intruded on my process of OBTAINing the resource when Booktopia had a backorder on the item. At that point, I re-evaluated my preferences and priorities amongst attributes 6 – 8 and decided to OBTAIN the eBook from the library as I estimated I would have read 1/3 to 1.2 of the text online anyway by the time the backordered physical book was able to be OBTAINed (Simon, 2019).