New Event: RDA - Fundamentals to Implementation

The following event was recently added to METRO’s Professional Development calendar.

RDA: Fundamentals to Implementation
Wednesday through Friday, July 24-26, 2013 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day 


Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the new cataloging code that is replacing AACR2 for the description of bibliographic resources. It provides a set of guidelines and instructions for formulating data to support resource discovery. As of April 1, 2013 the U.S. Library of Congress and the British Library are using RDA as their official descriptive cataloging standard, and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) has implemented RDA for authority records contributed through that program. Other institutions are implementing RDA for bibliographic records on an ongoing basis.

This three-day workshop provides attendees with information about the scope and purpose of RDA and details about the rules for creating RDA descriptions. Fundamentals of the Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Resources (FRBR) and Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) will be reviewed. The workshop will cover the differences between AACR2 and RDA, as well as how RDA is encoded in the MARC 21 bibliographic and authority formats. The class will include hands-on exercises to facilitate understanding of the concepts. Workshop materials are based on those developed and made available by the Library of Congress for its cataloger training program.

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Laura Forshay
Author: Laura Forshay