Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Information Science

Content Description

1 online resource (iii, iv, 126 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Hemalata Iyer


Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records, information organization, music, social tagging, FRBR (Conceptual model), Social bookmarking, Social media, Metadata, Information storage and retrieval systems, Music, Information theory in music

Subject Categories

Library and Information Science


The International Federation of Library Associations developed its Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) without performing user testing to ensure that the model would meet the needs of professionals and users. Analyzing user-generated social tags in relation to FRBR entities and attributes will help determine if the layperson describes objects in a manner that conforms to the FRBR conceptual model. Number one songs from the weekly Billboard Hot 100 charts from 1958 through 2013 were randomly sampled, tags associated with the sampled songs were pulled from the Web site, and tags were analyzed to determine their relation to FRBR entities and attributes. A percentage of tags map to FRBR entities, validating those entities’ place in the model. User tags that do not map to a FRBR entities shed light on additional means for resource access and discovery, as well as potential issues to consider should the FRBR conceptual model be revised in the future.