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Transcript of RDA

RDA RDA stands for Resource Description and Access. It is a cataloging standard that will replace Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition (AACR2). Unlike its predecessors, RDA is designed for a digital environment. Catalogers will access it as a web tool.

It is a set of guidelines and instructions on formulating data to support resource discovery.
Beth Caldwell - Thea Evenstad - Kathleen Perry - Amy Relyea - Karen Seong - Annie Sprague - Erin Wells

LI804 Organization of Information, Emporia State Univeristy, Spring 2011 How did we go

this to this? Photo: Ian Britton - http://www.flickr.com/photos/freefoto/2962277374/ Image: Library of Congress, Examples for RDA test http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/RDAtest/rdaexamples.html Modern Cataloging: A Timeline 1839 Panizzi's "91 Rules" 1876 Cutter's Rules 1908 British-American Code 1941 ALA Second Edition 1949 1961 1967 1978 1988 1998 2002 2005 ALA Revisions and LC Rules Paris Principles AACR First Edition 1974 IFLA releases ISBD AACR2 Revisions to AACR2 New standard proposed - RDA name is coined Who? Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) oversees RDA
RDA Editor and RDA Project Manager
Members of the examples groups, working groups, outreach group and task group Why? How and where? Catalogers The Future Faceted interface
The Semantic Web Extensive Records
Old-fashioned rules Uses Patrons
The Future Patrons Find
Obtain References Backwards compatible
Will work with all types of resources
Will work with other types of libraries
Simplify the rules Pros AACR2 developed for a print environment
RDA accounts for multiple kinds of media and the primacy of the digital media environment
Alignment with IFLA-developed FRBR and FRAD models
RDA also attempts to increase the ability of records to be machine-readable
RDA was developed as part of the JSC's strategic plan (2005-2009) Rule of three eliminated
Eliminate Romanization
Less Anglocentric
Share resources and policies Pros continued Evaluation Pros
Cons Meetings of the JSC in Chicago, London, Ottawa, and Washington, D. C. during 2005-2010
Developed a series of drafts (Part 1 in December 2005, later drafts in 2006 and 2007)
First full draft in November of 2008
Solicited comments and revised text in 2009
RDA published in June 2010 Where are we now? US National Libraries RDA Test Professional Opinions Library-centric
Too committed to card cataloging format
Does not improve searching experience
Cons: Not Enough Cons: Too Much Complex for cataloguers
Entirely online
Minimizes cataloging rules
Gorman: "[RDA] is...the witches' brew of ignorance, neophilia, and the exaltation of theory over practice".
“I have studied the drafts of RDA that have been made available and I am horrified by them…”

Michael Gorman, University Librarian Emeritus, California State University, Fresno
First editor, Anglo-American cataloguing rules, Second edition, 1978 & 1988
Former ALA President “It has taken me four years to really understand [RDA]. It seems to me, to make this whole thing work – EVERYONE has to buy in and make the change.”


“I find myself reluctantly in the RDA fan club. There's a lot of things I wish RDA was (or wasn't) and if someone made me cataloging queen-for-a-day, I'd definitely make some changes to RDA. It'd be a leaner, meaner, simpler cataloging code for one.”

Christine Schwartz, Metadata Librarian at Princeton Theological Seminar

“Due in large part to their attempt to reach forward and backward simultaneously, the RDA committee may well have failed to create anything which will be beneficial to institutions with either set of needs.”

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