Concordia University

Pat Riva

Associate University Librarian, Collection Services, Libraries

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


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 Quarterlyv.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

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

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.


Recent Presentations

“Prochaine évolution de nos modèles bibliographiques : IFLA LRM”  in the session Évolution continue de RDA et FRBR at the Congrès des professionnels de l’information, Montreal, Quebec, November 1, 2016.

Resource Discovery in the Internet Age” invited keynote, International (Zhejiang) Forum on Public Digital Culture, Hangzhou, China, October 17-19, 2016.

Building RDA using the FRBR Library Reference Model”  invited paper, IFLA Satellite Meeting RDA in the Wider World, Dublin, Ohio, August 11, 2016.

The next stage in our bibliographic models : FRBR-LRM / Prochaine évolution de nos modèles bibliographiques : FRBR-LRM ” invited presentation, Thematic Seminar on Resource Description and Access/Séminaire thématique sur Ressources : description et accès, Library and Archives Canada, Gatineau, Quebec, April 28, 2016.

Introducing the FRBR Library Reference Model”  refereed paper, Cataloguing Section Open Program Modeling Bibliographic Information for a Web of Data : Challenges and Achievements, World Library and Information Congress, 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Cape Town, South Africa, August 15-21, 2015. With Maja Žumer (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia). (French version)

Beyond FRBR : FRBRoo and Consolidated FRBR” (pdf)  Canadian Library Association (CLA) 70th National Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, June 3-5, 2015. With Chris Oliver (University of Ottawa).

Implementation and Internationalization of RDA” invited colloquium lecture, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, School of Information Studies, Knowledge Organization Research Group, March 26, 2015.

L’implantation de RDA au Canada/RDA Implementation in Canada” 6e Congrès des milieux documentaires, Montreal, Quebec, December 1-3, 2014. Written and presented with Emma Cross (Carleton University).

Données liées et ontologies égalent synergie” invited paper, 7e symposium du Groupe interdisciplinaire de recherche en archivistique (GIRA) Les archives et le Web, au 6e Congrès des milieux documentaires, Montreal, Quebec, December 1, 2014.

RDA Implementation in Canada” CLA 69th National Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, May 28-31, 2014. Written and presented with Sue Andrews (University of British Columbia), Emma Cross (Carleton University) and Trina Grover (Ryerson University).

Exploiter les outils du RDA Toolkit” 5e Congrès des milieux documentaires, Montreal, Quebec, November 25-27, 2013. Written and presented with Daniel Paradis (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, BAnQ).

Données ouvertes liées” (pdf)  5e Congrès des milieux documentaires, Montreal, Quebec, November 25-27, 2013. Written and presented with Benoit Ferland (BAnQ).

Out of the Trenches and Over the Top : Building on a Linked Open Data Proof of Concept” CLA 68th National Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 29-June 1, 2013. Written and presented with Sharon Farnell (University of Alberta).

Canada: One Country, Two NBA's, Two Approaches” invited presentation, IFLA Bibliography and Cataloguing Sections Satellite Meeting National Bibliography in the Digital Age, Warsaw, Poland, August 9, 2012.

Translating RDA into French : Challenges and Insights” at International Association of Music Libraries (IAML/AIBM), Montreal, Quebec, July 26, 2012. Written and presented with Daniel Paradis (BAnQ).

Declaring IFLA ISBD and FRBR Family of Conceptual Models in RDF” invited paper, JSC/DCMI Seminar Five Years OnBritish Library, London, United Kingdom, April 27, 2012. Written with Mirna Willer (University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia).

Teaching activities

Continuing professional education workshops

“IFLA Library Reference Model Overview” half-day workshop, National Library of China, Beijing, China, October 21, 2016.

“FRBRoo in Context” full-day workshop, Shanghai Library, Shanghai, China, October 14, 2016.

“Autorités RDA et nouvelles zones MARC 21” half-day workshop for technical services staff in Québec university libraries, Montréal, Quebec (and by videoconference), February 8 & June 12, 2014. Co-taught with Lucie Pellerin (BAnQ).

“RDA, Ressources : description et accès” full-day or 2-day workshops in partnership with ASTED, offered throughout Québec and in Moncton, NB, March 15, 2013 to November 13-14, 2014, series of 12 sessions (full-day version) plus 17 sessions (2-day version). Co-taught 7 and 11 sessions respectively.

“Étapes préparatoires avant l’implantation RDA” half-day workshop in partnership with ASTED, offered in Montréal, November 23 & December 6, 2012, and Québec City, November 26, 2012. Co-taught with Danielle Poirier (BAnQ).

“RDA, vers de nouveaux horizons” full-day workshop organised by ASTED, Montréal, April 29, 2011.

“RDA” full-day workshop organised by CRÉPUQ for technical services staff in Québec university libraries, offered in Québec City, November 16 (French), Montréal, November 17 (English) & 18 (French), 2010. Co-taught with: Chris Oliver (McGill University), Laura May (Library and Archives Canada), Daniel Paradis (Concordia University).
Presented the sections:

  •   “Les nouveaux Principes internationaux de catalogage et RDA / The IFLA Statement of International Cataloguing Principles and RDA”
  •   “Les concepts fondamentaux, Partie 3, Relations / Conceptual Foundations of RDA, Part 3, Focus on Relationships”

“FRBR” full-day post-conference workshop at INTEGRAR, 2o Congresso Internacional de Arquivos, Bibliotecas, Centros de Documentação e Museus, São Paulo, Brazil, June 30, 2006.

Bibliographic Standards

IFLA FRBR Review Group

FRBR-Library Reference Model. Pat Riva, Patrick Le Boeuf, and Maja Žumer (Draft for World-Wide Review, 2016-02-21) 71 pp.

Transition Mappings : User Tasks, Entities, Attributes, and Relationships in FRBR, FRAD, and FRSAD mapped to their equivalents in the FRBR-Library Reference Model (Draft to accompany the World-Wide Review of FRBR-LRM, 2016-02-22) 80 pp.

International Working Group on FRBR and CIDOC CRM Harmonisation

FRBR: object-oriented definition and mapping to FRBR(ER), FRAD and FRSAD ver. 2.4, November 2015. 230 pp.

Editors: Chryssoula Bekiari, Martin Doerr, Patrick Le Boeuf, Pat Riva

Standards Committees

Canadian Committee on Cataloguing (CCC), 2009-

Canadian Committee on MARC / Canadian Committee on Metadata Exchange (CCM), chair, 1996-

Dewey Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee (EPC), 2012-2015

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). FRBR Review Group, chair, 2005-2013

Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). Policy Committee, 2016-

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