Best Links for RDA

If you have anything to do with Library services you know that RDA has the world all a buzz right now. But it can be difficult to keep up with everything that’s going on. For that reason, I asked our RDA Librarian to compile a list of her favorite places to get information on RDA. If you have any that you think are useful, please let us know!

Here are some links on related to RDA (Resource Description and Access), FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records), and FRAD (Functional Requirements for Authority Data) that I have found very helpful and informative.– This is the RDA main page at the JSC website.  There are links to the full draft, background information, and much more.  The links under Scope and Principles are particularly good, especially the mapping.  Also the FAQ’s are really helpful. – This site is where a demo of RDA online will be up sometime in the near future.  When I last checked it, they said they plan to have the demo ready in May.  Don’t hold your breath, but keep checking the site. – This is the IFLA site for FRBR  – This is the IFLA site for the draft of FRAD. – This paper from 2007 gives really good background on FRAD.  – This site has two really good presentations by Barbara Tillett of LC.  You can download the needed player from the website.  They are about an hour each, but well worth listening to.  There should be more webcasts coming up in the future so keep an eye out.,%20Goodbye%20AACR2!_15April2008.pdf    -This is a great presentation.  It gives a very good overview in some detail with very understandable language. – Libraries Australia have done a lot with FRBR and RDA.  This is a good presentation and at the end there are more good links. – This very thorough presentation talks about RDA and MARC.  A lot of it is concatenated from other presentations, but it brings everything together nicely. – This has copies of the Proposals and Discussion Papers for changes to the MARC21 formats.  Just click on MARC Proposals or MARC Discussion Papers.  They are arranged by year, most recent first.  Most of the 2009 proposals and discussion papers deal with RDA elements.  Also take a look at 2008-05/1-4, as these deal with RDA too.  You may also gain insights by looking at older ones.  Also see link below for the decisions made on the ones discussed at ALA midwinter. – Summaries of what was discussed at ALA midwinter 2008 and the actions taken. – Here are the report of the 2009 ALA midwinter meeting of MARBI. – From this site you can access the presentations from the CCS Forum: FRBR and RDA: a glimpse into the future of cataloging and public displays.   Barbara Tillett’s and John Espley’s on the VTLS OLE project were particularly pertinent. – This from John Espley’s presentation.  It’s an example of a FRBRized catalog.  From this page, click on Virtua Enriched User Searching Presentation.  It takes a couple minutes to download because its rather long.  It automatically pages down and it went rather quickly, but scrolling up or down would move between the slides, so you can go back and get what was missed. – This is another well written and easy to understand explanation of FRBR.  – This is an article titled “Identifying FRBR Work- Level Data in MARC Bibliographic Records for Manifestations of Moving Images.  In code[4]lib journal  Issue t, 2008-12-15. – This blog post has lots of really good links in it.

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) has moved its website. There are redirections in place from the old site to pages on the new site explaining the change. The new address is:

Also the Library of Congress has new documentation available that lists MARC21 approved changes made since the 2008 Update that accommodate RDA.  Here’s the link:

There are lots more link out there.  These are just the ones I have found most helpful.  If you know of some others, please share them on the blog, forum, or listserv.

Happy reading!


Karen Anderson

Authority Control Librarian

Backstage Library Works


5 Responses to “Best Links for RDA”

  1. Helpful RDA link round-up…

    Check out Best Links for RDA over on the MARS Automation Services blog. Good stuff!…

  2. Laura says:

    The first website on the list has moved to

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  4. Diane Hillmann says:

    I’m surprised you haven’t included the list of registered RDA elements and vocabularies: These will be linked from the RDA Online Tool.

  5. Chad says:

    Thank you for the updates! Our RDA Librarian has let me know that I posted a slightly older list, and that she is working on an updated list, with more entries. We hope to post that soon.