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An Introduction to RDA for the Reference Librarian

A very basic introduction to some aspects of RDA for the uninitiated reference and instruction librarian.

Gillian Connors

on 3 June 2015

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An Introduction to RDA
for the Reference Librarian
FRBR & the Catalog
Terminology Changes
Other Changes
RDA Changes
to LC Headings
Group 3 Entities
Resource Description Access
FRBR's 3 groups of entities
What is FRBR?
What is RDA?
New cataloging rules that will officially replace AACR2 on March 31, 2013
The Joint Steering Committee (a worldwide library committee) began designing RDA in 2005 "as an online text" (Welsh 5)
Created for existing and future formats (Welsh 17)
Based on the Functional Rules for Bibliographic Requirements (FRBR; first published in 1998) which looks at the OPAC from the user's perspective
The RDA Toolkit has been available since June 2010

Not cataloging rules
Provides the theoretical foundation for RDA
"A conceptual model of entities and relationships and attributes"(Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA)
Developed by IFLA in 1997
Will continue to change the catalog in years to come
FRBR user tasks: Find, Identify, Select, Obtain (FISO)
The RDA Toolkit is organized by the concepts of FRBR. Similarly the concepts of RDA are understood through the concepts of FRBR.
Group 1:
Group 1 & 2
Heading -------------> Authorized access point
Main Entry----------> Preferred Title & if appropriate authorized
access point for the creator
Uniform Title--------->Two RDA Counterparts: 1. The preferred
title & any different information; 2. A conventional collective title such as "works"
See Ref.----------------> Variant access point
See Also Ref. ---------> Authorized access point for related entry
Physical Description --> Carrier Description
GMD ------------------> Three elements: Content Type (336), Media Type (337), Carrier Type (338)
Chief Source------------>Preferred Sources
Fields ------------------->Elements
RDA is getting rid of confusing abbreviations and Latinizations (i.e. no more "S.I." instead "Place of publication not identified")
Favors transcription: record information as it appears on the item--including articles, order, capitalization and language
The 260 publication field is being replaced by the 264 field
Just give the first place of publication (LC CORE element)
Date of publication: if it appears in roman numerals do not convert to arabic
RDA does not use "et al." but will use up to four authors in the title proper
Group 2:
Corporate Body
Group 3:
Group 1 & 2 Entities
*Image retrieved from http://www.wikipedia.org
*Image retrieved from http://wiki.manchester.ac.uk
*Image retrieved from http://commonplace.net
Group 2 Entities
Group 1 & 3
Abbreviations such as arr., acc. and unacc. will be spelled out.
Search strategy: In keyword searches, use both the full and abbreviated form of the word.
Modifying headings for some musical works to replace the medium of performance term "violoncello" with the term "cello."
Search strategy: In keyword searches, search using both terms.
RDA Changes to LC Headings Con't
Modifying headings for the Bible. "O.T." and "N.T." will be spelled out. For an individual book, the respective testament will be removed from the heading.
Before: Bible. O.T. Genesis
After: Bible. Genesis
Before: Bible. O.T.
After: Bible. Old Testament
Search strategy: Use both the abbreviation and spelled words of the testament. Keep in mind that the name of the testament may not longer be present in the heading so also search for the Bible book without the testament.
*For more examples of changes see "Changes to Headings in the LC Catalog to Accommodate RDA" on http://www.loc.gov/aba/rda/
What's Next?
The Library of Congress in consultation with several key national libraries and the MARC community has launched the Bibliographic Framework Initiative--a Linked Data Model-- which will eventually replace MARC 21. http://bibframe.org/
Key Vocabulary:
Creative Work,
Instance, Authority, Annotation
Some demonstrations of future records:
Implementing RDA: Some Questions
How is OCLC implementing RDA? http://www.oclc.org/en-US/rda/new-policy.html
What are Union's goals for the implementation of RDA? http://www.rdatoolkit.org/RDA_institutions
When and how does the library want RDA to be fully implemented?
How will we build RDA into our budget? i.e. Toolkit, training and education costs?
*Images retrieved from http://allthingscataloged.wordpress.com
Austrian Union Catalog
The discovery layers fulfill the FRBR user tasks.
Gillian Connors, MLIS
June 5, 2013
Works Cited
ALA, CLA and CLIP. "Who's Cataloging in RDA." RDA Toolkit: Resource Description and Access." 2010. Web. 5 June 2013.

Bibliographic Framework Initiative: Bibframe.org. Library of Congress, Zepheira, n.d. Web. 5 June 2013.

"Changes to Headings in the LC Catalog to Accommodate RDA." Cataloging and Acquisitions: Resource Description and Access (RDA). Library of Congress, n.d. Web. 5 June 2013.

"Resource Description and Access: Frequently Asked Questions." JSC RDA: Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA. 18 January 2010. Web. 5 June 2013.

Kralik, Casey. "RDA Practice." PBworks, 2013. Web. 5 June 2013.

"OCLC Policy Statement." OCLC: Online Computer Library Center. 2 Feburary 2013. Web. 5 June 2013.

Welsh, Anne, and Sue Batley. Practical Cataloguing: AACR, RDA and Marc 21. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2012. Print.
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