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Karen, our RDA and Authority Control Librarian, has asked that I share this information with our blog readers. If you’re interested in RDA and conversions to and from AACR2 please take a few moments to read this and give us your feedback. Thanks!

With the decision of the National Libraries to adopt RDA sometime after Jan. 2013, we are anticipating more interest how legacy AACR2 records and RDA records should be handled.  We are already seeing an increase in the number of RDA records being produced and there are several institutions cataloging fully with RDA.

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The Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, and the National Agricultural Library announced today their conditional adoption of RDA and have set the date of implementation not earlier than January 1st, 2013.

In response to concerns about RDA raised by the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, the three U.S. national libraries–the Library of Congress (LC), the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Agricultural Library (NAL)–made a commitment to the further development and completion of RDA.  The three libraries agreed to make a joint decision on whether or not to implement RDA, based on the results of a test of both RDA and the Web product.  The goal of the test is to assure the operational, technical, and economic feasibility of RDA.  Testers will include the three national libraries and the broader U.S. library community. –Read the official announcement.

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Come Join us Backstage in New Orleans

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As we at Backstage look to where bibliographic metadata comes from, we see lots of data coming directly from publishers.  Our own cataloging department has been cataloging thousands of titles each month for publishers, and so we’ve recently been looking towards the publishing industry to learn about how their processes impact the bibliographic data that ends up in our library clients’ catalogs as MARC records.

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