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 two-day workshop. By registering here, you are signing up to attend both parts on Wednesday and Thursday, March 26th & 27th 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. The Library of Congress and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) implemented RDA on March 31, 2013 for authority records contributed through that program, and institutions have been implementing it for bibliographic records since that time.


This two-day workshop provides attendees with information about the scope and purpose of RDA and details about the rules for creaing RDA descriptions. Fundamentals of the Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Resources (FRBR) and Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) will be reviewed. The wokshop will highlight differences between instructions for AACR2 and RDA, as well as how RDA is encoded in the MARC 21 bibliographic and authority formats. Exercises will be provided (to be done at home as well as in class) to facilitate understanding of the concepts. The workshop materials are based on those developed and made available by the Library of Congress for its cataloger training.

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

Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the organization and structure of RDA
  • Become familiar with the RDA toolkit
  • Understand the FRBR model behind it
  • Learn about RDA's basic principles and elements
  • Understand the differences between RDA and AACR2
  • Learn the basic rules for resource description in RDA
  • Understand how relationships between entities are expressed in RDA
  • Understand its relation to other metadata standards and the Semantic Web
  • Learn how to encode RDA in MARC

 

Tentative Agenda:

Day One - March 26, 2014
10:00-11:00 FRBR Fundamentals
11:00-11:45 MARC, RDA and FRBR
11:45-12:30 Using the RDA toolkit

12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Introduction to RDA
3:00-4:00 Identifying manifestations and items
4:00-5:00 Describing carriers and identifying works

Day Two - March 27, 2014
10:00-10:30 Exercise review
10:30-12:00 Identifying expressions and describing content
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Authorities
2:30-3:30 Exercises (in groups)
3:30-4:30 Relationships (Module 4)
4:30-5:00 Update on RDA revision process, questions & wrap-up


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

When?

Wed, Mar. 26 - Thu, Mar. 27, 2014
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