What is RDA?

RDA stands for Resource Description and

References
Adamich, T. (2008). RDA (Resource Description and Access): The New Way to Say, “AACR2”. Knowledge Quest, 36(4), 64-9. American Library Association (2010). RDA toolkit. Retrieved from http://www.rdatoolkit.org/ Ascher, J. (2008). What's the Big Deal with RDA? Or, Some Thoughts on the Heliocentric Universe. Colorado Libraries, 34(3), 57-61. Coyle, K. (2010). Cataloging Horizons. American Libraries: The Magazine of the American Library Association. Coyle, K. (2008). R&D: RDA in RDF or: can resource description become rigorous data? [PowerPoint]. Retrieved from http://www.kcoyle.net/code4lib2008_w_text.pdf Coyle, K., & Hillmann, D. (2007). Resource Description and Access (RDA): Cataloging Rules for the 20th Century. D-Lib Magazine, 13(1/2). Danskin, A. (n.d.). RDA Scope and Structure. To Joint Steering Committee for Development of

Access.
It is a cataloging standard that will replace AngloAmerican 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.

RDA
Resource Description and Access
How it evolved, how it can be used, and the current debate about RDA

RDA. July 1, 2009. Retrieved March 31, 2011 Dunsire, G. (2007). RDA and library systems. University library and documents, 19. Retrieved from http://www.ub.edu/bid/19dunsir.htm Ehlert, M.K. (2010). Just like AACR2, except… (Part 1). Technicalities, 30:5, 17-21.

Pros
Backwards Compatible Will work with all types of resources Will work with other types of libraries Simplify Rules Other Formats Less Anglophobic Share Resources and Policies Rule of Three Eliminated

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Cons
Library-centric Not innovative enough Still too complex Too heavy on cataloguing rules Expensive Only available online Focuses on small technical things Unclear in scope Transitional Minimized standards for cataloguing

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Beth Caldwell Thea Evenstad Annie Hayner-Sprague Kathleen Perry Amy Relyea Karen Seong Erin Wells Emporia State University – LI804 April 16, 2011

How will RDA affect…
PATRONS
Find — RDA will help patrons use the catalog more as a finding aid than an inventory list Identify — results will be easier to understandcluster of bibliographic records that are related Select — when you select the work you will be able to see what manifestations exist Obtain — find where the item is

An example
Work: LOTR by J.R.R. Tolkien, as opposed to the novel by Jane Chance Expressions: Translation of the work in Urdu, productions of the musical, extended cut of the movie. Manifestation: Any copy held in any library anywhere, whether it be a book, DVD, audio CD. Specific records are created for each of these Item: One example of a manifestation (the copy of LOTR in the Salem Public Library.

CATALOGERS
Record will be more extensive, therefore more usable Description of electronic resources will be easier Some old-fashioned rules will be eliminated

THE FUTURE
Semantic Web — Machines will be able to discern meaning from documents in order to make them meaningful to the user.

1839
Modern cataloging begins with Panizzi’s “91 Rules”

1908
British and American Code

TIMELINE
1941
ALA 2nd Edition

1974
International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD)

1961
Paris Principles

1978
AACR2

The future
RDA

1876
Cutter’s Rules for a Printed Dictionary Catalogue

1949
ALA DCC Revisions and LC Rules for Descriptive Cataloging

1967
Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR)

1988, 1998, 2002
Revisions to AACR2

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