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Bibliographic families and relationships among family members in COBIB

Marija Petek (Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 30 May 2008




The purpose of this paper is to present an investigation of bibliographic families in COBIB especially relationships among their members.


The entity‐relationship model is a convenient tool for analysing bibliographic records in library catalogues regarding a distinction between data on intellectual and/or artistic content and on the physical carrier.


Bibliographic relationships are an important part of the catalogue although they are not always identified and expressed explicitly. So, users have troubles in searching as they have to figure out if and how similar records are connected.


Incorporation of information on bibliographic relationships into the catalogue would make retrieval improved, more precise and easier implying also efficient exploitation of recorded knowledge.



Petek, M. (2008), "Bibliographic families and relationships among family members in COBIB", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 91-100.



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