Those who signed up in advance were notified via email today that the free open-access period for RDA has officially begun.

From the email:

“Bookmark the informational website where you can access webinar archives, an RDA training calendar, presenter/trainer materials, pricing in the major currencies, and more.

“If you need to process a subscription before the electronic order form and payment gateway go live in the next few weeks, please contact us via the RDA Toolkit Support Center at so we can process your order. You will not pay for any part of your subscription that falls within the open-access period; we will extend all subscriptions through at least August 31, 2011.

“And if you’re attending ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., visit us in the exhibits at booth #2605 for a demo, to chat with ALA Digital Reference Publisher Troy Linker and other staff, and to review an early sample of the print RDA Instructions.”

If you didn’t sign up in advance, there is still plenty of time to go to and sign up at the link.

Institutional users, remember that each individual user within the institution should set up a personal profile. You’ll see a prompt at the upper right (I believe — I haven’t had time to log in today) after the initial login.