Multiple interpretations: Implications of FRBR as a boundary object



IFLA's Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) is a model of the bibliographic universe. Any brief, critical review of the FRBR literature quickly shows that there is no clear consensus on the nature of the FRBR Group 1 entities. This situation becomes more complicated when one looks at theoretical attempts to operationalize FRBR by researchers and practitioners with different motivations and experience: each has its own flavor. Given the recognition that these different understandings are unlikely to be unified or reconciled, this paper performs an exploratory analysis of FRBR using technological frames and boundary objects as theoretical lenses to reveal implications for future research and practice.