Concordia University

Pat Riva

Associate University Librarian, Collection Services, Concordia University Library

Office: L-VL 301-61 
Vanier Library Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5255

Research or professional interests

Conceptual models and ontologies

Semantic web and library linked data

Knowledge organization systems

Standards development and translation

Multilingual information systems


  • BA (Honours), Linguistics, Concordia, 1991

  • MLIS, McGill, 1986

  • BSc (Honours), Mathematics, Queen’s, 1984



The IFLA Library Reference Model : lectio magistralis in library science = Il modello concettuale IFLA Library Reference Model : lectio magistralis in biblioteconomia. Fiesole (Firenze), Italy : Casalini Libri, 2018. ISBN 978-88-7656-024-8 (print), ISBN 978-88-7656-025-5 (ebook). 73 pp. (Letture magistrali in biblioteconomia ;11). DOI (English text) 10.1400/256779; DOI (Italian text) 10.1400/256781.

Edited Monograph

The FRBR Family of Conceptual Models : Towards a Linked Bibliographic Future. Edited by Richard P. Smiraglia, Pat Riva & Maja Žumer. London : New York : Routledge, 2013. ISBN 978-0-415-64104-3. 429 pp. (Monograph edition of v.50, no.5/7 (2012) of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly)

Refereed Journal Articles

“On the New Conceptual Model of the Bibliographic Universe : the FRBR Library Reference Model (Il nuovo modello concettuale dell’universo bibliografico : FRBR Library Reference Model).” AIB studi, vol.56, n.2 (maggio/agosto 2016), p.265-275. DOI 10.2426/aibstudi-11480.

Arsenault, Clément, Daniel Paradis & Pat Riva. “Translating RDA into French.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, v.52, no.6/7 (2014), p.704-722.

Cross, Emma, Sue Andrews, Trina Grover, Chris Oliver & Pat Riva. “In the Company of my Peers : Implementation of RDA in Canada.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, v.52, no.6/7 (2014), p.747-774.

Doerr, Martin, Pat Riva & Maja Žumer. “FRBR Entities : Identity and Identification.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, v.50, no.5/7 (2012), p.517-541.

Riva, Pat & Chris Oliver. “Evaluation of RDA as an Implementation of FRBR and FRAD.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, v.50, no.5/7 (2012), p.564-586.

“Mapping MARC 21 Linking Entry Fields to FRBR and Tillett’s Taxonomy of Bibliographic Relationships.” Library Resources & Technical Services, v.48, no.2 (April 2004), p.130-143.

Beheshti, Jamshid, Andrew Large & Pat Riva. “Cost Savings to Canadian University and Large Urban Public Libraries from their Use of National Library of Canada MARC Records.” Library Resources & Technical Services, v.47, no.2 (April 2003), p.44-57.

Journal Articles

Paradis, Daniel & Pat Riva. “RDA au Québec a fêté ses 4 ans.” Arabesques (revue trimestrielle de l’Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur (Abes)), no 87 (octobre–novembre–décembre 2017), p.29.

Bellemare, Nathalie & Pat Riva. “Les FRBR pour les nuls.” Argus, vol.38, no 2 (automne 2009), p.24-26.

Riva, Pat & Nathalie Bellemare. “La norme RDA : outil mondial et intégration locale.” Argus, vol.38, no 1 (printemps 2009), p.23-26.

Riva, Pat, Martin Doerr & Maja Žumer. “FRBRoo : Enabling a Common View of Information from Memory Institutions.”  International Cataloguing & Bibliographic Control, v.38, no.2 (April/June 2009), p.30-34.

Riva, Pat & Anders Cato. “Modifications to the FRBR Entity 'Expression'.” International Cataloguing & Bibliographic Control, v.37, no.1 (January/March 2008), p.2&17.

“Introducing the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records and Related IFLA Developments.”  Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, v.33, no.6 (Aug./Sept. 2007), p.7-11.

Defining the Boundaries : FRBR, AACR and the Serial.” Serials Librarian, v.45, no.3 (2003), p.15-21. 

Conference Proceedings

Žumer, Maja & Pat Riva. “IFLA LRM – Finally Here” refereed project report, in Advancing Metadata Practice : Quality, Openness, Interoperability : 2017 Proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, 26-29 October 2017. DCMI, 2017, p.13-23. (Originally presented at DC-2017, Washington, DC, by Maja Žumer)

Arsenault, Clément, Daniel Paradis & Pat Riva. “The Translation of a Standard : Translating and Adapting RDA into French” refereed paper, in Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS = Actes du congrès annuel de l'ACSI for 2014. (Originally presented at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, May 28-30, 2014 by Clément Arsenault) 

FRBR Review Group Initiatives and the World of Linked Data (Le iniziative del FRBR Review Group e il mondo Linked data)”, in special issue Seminar Global Interoperability and Linked Data in Libraries, vol.4, no.1 (January 2013), p.105-117. DOI: 10.4403/ (Originally presented at the Università degli studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy, June 18-19, 2012)

Bélair, Jo-Anne & Pat Riva. “Le répertoire des vedettes-matières de l'Université Laval : une histoire de coopération inter-institutionnelle” refereed paper, in Francophonies et bibliothèques : actes du premier congrès de l'Association internationale francophone des bibliothécaires et documentalistes et satellite IFLA, Montréal, 3-6 août 2008. Montréal : AIFBD, 2009, p.209-214.

Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and its Application to Resource Discovery” invited plenary address, in INTEGRAR : 2o Congresso Internacional de Arquivos, Bibliotecas, Centros de Documentação e Museus, realizado no período de 25 a 29 de junho de 2006, São Paulo, SP, Brasil : anais. São Paulo : FEBAB, 2006, p.45-50.


Teaching activities


  • ENGR 202-Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship
  • CIVI 361-Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CIVI 466-Engineering Aspects of Chemical and Biological Processes
  • CIVI-6681-Environmental Nanotechnology

Bibliographic Standards

Research interests

  • Environmental applications of engineered nanomaterials
  • Membrane separations
  • Electrochemical advanced oxidation
  • Resource recovery from waste
  • Process modelling for advanced treatment technologies

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