RDA: Fundamentals to Implementation

Speaker Rebecca Guenther
Rebecca Guenther has 35 years of experience in national libraries, primarily working on library technology standards related to digital libraries. Most of her professional life has been at the Library of Congress developing national and international standards related to metadata. She has served on numerous standards and implementation committees, several ...

Rebecca Guenther has 35 years of experience in national libraries, primarily working on library technology standards related to digital libraries. Most of her professional life has been at the Library of Congress developing national and international standards related to metadata. She has served on numerous standards and implementation committees, several as chair, is widely published in professional literature, and has given many tutorials, workshops, and presentations. She recently began to explore use of semantic web technology and the potential of linked data. She left the Library of Congress in August 2011 to work as a consultant on metadata development and planning. She currently lives in New York and is again working for LC on MODS, PREMIS, and the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative, teaching in NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, and doing assorted other consultant activities.

Full Description

This is a three-day workshop. By registering here, you are signing up to attend all three parts on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, July 24th through the 26th from 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.

Who should attend:
Librarians and information professionals working with resource descriptions at institutions that will be implementing RDA or who will be working with RDA records. Attendees should have previous knowledge of or experience with cataloging practices using AACR2 and MARC 21.

Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the organization and structure of RDA
  • Understand the FRBR model behind RDA
  • Learn about RDA's basic principles and elements
  • Understand the differences between RDA and AACR2
  • Learn the basic rules for resource description in RDA
  • Learn how to create descriptions for access points (i.e. Authorities)
  • Understand how relationships between entities are expressed in RDA
  • Understand its relation to other metadata standards and the Semantic Web
  • Learn how to use MARC for encoding RDA data
  • Learn how to use the RDA toolkit


Tentative Agenda:

Day One - July 24, 2013
10:00-11:30 FRBR Fundamentals
11:30-12:30 MARC, RDA and FRBR 
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Introduction to RDA
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-3:45 Exercises
3:45-5:00 Identifying manifestations and items

Day Two - July 25, 2013
10:00-10:30 Exercises
10:30-12:00 Describing carriers and identifying works
12:00-12:30 Exercises
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Identifying expressions and describing content
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:30 Relationships
4:30-5:00 Exercises

Day Three  - July 26, 2013
10:00-12:00 Authorities I (Creating MARC records; access points for personal names)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:30 Exercises
1:30-3:30 Authorities II (access points for families, corporate bodies, geographics, work/expressions)
3:30-4:00 Exercises
4:00-4:45 Using the RDA Toolkit 
4:45-5:00 Wrap up 



Questions about registration or cancellation?  Visit METRO’s Registration Info page for policies and procedures.

When?

Wed, Jul. 24 - Fri, Jul. 26, 2013
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. US/Eastern

How Much?

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Where?

METRO Training Center
57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003