RDA


 

 

ALA’s ALCTS (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services) has been presenting and publishing RDA webinars since 2010.  You can register for live upcoming presentations (this also gives you unlimited access to the recorded webinar); buy recordings up to two weeks after the live event; or wait six months until the recorded presentation is made available without charge.  These webinars can be invaluable for initial training, for learning how to apply RDA in a new context, or for a refresher.

Upcoming webinars are listed here:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar

Cataloging and RDA webinars, specifically, here:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/cat

And free RDA webinars can be accessed here:

If you’re curious about ALCT’s other webinars, check out their general playlist on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/alctsce/playlists

Catalogers working with music materials will want to be current with the Music Library Association’s Best Practices for Music Cataloging Using RDA and MARC21. Since February of last year, this document has been integrated with the RDA Toolkit (under the Resources tab).  You need not be logged on to the Toolkit to access Best Practices, but the links to RDA instructions will not work unless you are.

If you want to consult a more traditionally formatted document, the old website of the former Bibliographic Control Committee of the Music Library Association has links to PDF files of Version 1.1 (the final version issued as a complete stand-alone PDF file), a list of changes between versions 1.01 and 1.1, and Supplements to Best Practices for Music Cataloging Using RDA and MARC21, version 1.5, 12 April 2016 (this last document is also available at the current website of MLA’s Cataloging and Metadata Committee).  Be aware, of course, that the Toolkit-integrated document will presumably be more up to date.

Announced on the RSC website:

The RDA full record examples on the Toolkit website have been revised. The examples show authority and bibliographic records in both an RDA element view and a MARC encoding view of the record.

There are also two examples showing diagrams of specific RDA entities, elements, and relationships. More will be added later.

That examples page also includes a link to rball versions of some of the bibliographic examples; they are available in both RIMMF native RDA format and RDF linked data format.

These examples may be accessed from the RDA Toolkit website (http://www.rdatoolkit.org/examples/MARC) or from the link on the Tools tab in RDA Toolkit (http://access.rdatoolkit.org/).

The examples are freely available to all. No subscription to RDA Toolkit is required to access and download the examples.

Posted:23 May 2016

Richard, Jennifer and I (Joy) were presenters at the 2013 Illinois Library Association Annual conference back in October. Our session was the oh so ever popular topic of RDA.

We described the session as: Want to know what has changed in the MARC record with the implementation of RDA? An overview highlighting the differences, from the simple to the complex. We will look at cataloging examples in a variety of formats.

 

The PowerPoint presentation is here and the PDF with speaker notes is here.

Frustrated because you don’t know where the code for subfield b in the 33x’s are coming from? Look no further! The Library of Congress has compiled a list.

336

337

338

Yeah, I know it’s been around for a while, but I’ve just gotten brave and begun cataloging AV in RDA. 🙂

OK, this is not hot news any more, but maybe it’s at least still warm.  Catalogers using OCLC should know that the organization has issued two policy statements meant to guide member libraries in applying RDA: one effective through March 30, 2013, one that came into effect on March 31.  Everyone who catalogs with OCLC should read and understand the current statement:

http://www.oclc.org/rda/new-policy.en.html

A few points to note:  OCLC does not require that member libraries use RDA, even for original cataloging; but “When creating a new record with English as the language of cataloging, consult the LC/NACO Authority File and use forms of access points found there, regardless of whether they are coded for RDA.”  Also note that we are asked to control all controllable headings; this will greatly facilitate OCLC’s update of headings in WorldCat as they are updated in the Authority File.

The Policy Statement also confirms that the General Material Designator’s days are numbered:  “As recommended in the PCC Guidelines on Hybrid Bibliographic Records, OCLC will retain the 245 h GMD for a period of 3 years in WorldCat records where it currently exists. Catalogers editing existing non-RDA records are asked to leave formerly valid GMDs present in records through 31 March 2016. However, do remove the GMD when re-cataloging (and re-coding) a record as RDA.”

You can learn more in the forthcoming RDA Policy Statement Webinar, with sessions scheduled for April 11 and April 17 (http://www.oclc.org/events/webinars.en.html).  If you are unable to attend either session, it will be recorded and made available on OCLC’s website.

On March 16 I gave a presentation at COSUGI’s annual conference in Salt Lake City on “Getting Ready for RDA.”  It is an update, with less Illinois emphasis and some more specific SirsiDynix references, of last October’s “Wait a Minute, How Many Months”?; I’m attaching PDFs in case anyone might be interested in the newer information.  After editing my speaker’s notes a little I will post them as well.

One thing I emphasized in the presentation more than in the posted material is that preparation for RDA involves a lot of policy planning, much of which will probably be done while you’re learning about the code. Among other things this is an occasion for examining and rethinking your library’s or consortium’s existing policies.

And corollary to that: As you make these decisions, it is very important to document, not only the decisions themselves, but the reasons for them. Eventually someone after you will be revisiting the issues you’re dealing with now, quite possibly someone who will not have been around for these initial discussions. They will appreciate knowing the context in which you established your policies and practices, which they can use in evaluating what they should do at that undetermined point in the future. And in fact you and your colleagues may well be returning to these questions yourselves; and it can be helpful, when re-evaluating what you’ve done, to have an answer to the question–literally–”What were we thinking?”

getting_ready_for_rda

Some RDA Training Resources 2013-02-14

UPDATE: Speaker’s notes:

Getting Ready for RDA notes for posting 2013-03-25

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