Updated RDA Links

Our RDA specialist, Karen, has updated the best list of links and information on RDA on the net and provided that for us here.

To implement or not to implement, that is the question! The National RDA Test has been completed and the evaluation period is underway.  Library communities, and others, wait for the decision to be made by the National Libraries.  Will the decision be ready by this summer’s ALA Annual as hoped, or not?

In the meantime, we offer a new and improved, updated, annotated, RDA links list to provide excellent resources in the quest to understand RDA and the models behind it.  This is not an all encompassing list by any means.  Please feel free to share other links you know of.


http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/PCC-Post-RDA-Test.html – The PCC/LC guidelines for using and creating authority records in both AACR2 and RDA now that the national test is finished.  This is a good site to keep an eye on, as the document has already been updated, and should be again as changes are made.


http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/RDA-PCC.html – The Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s page for RDA links.  Lots of good stuff here that’s not just for PCC members. The above link is found here as well as many others.


http://www.rda-jsc.org/rda.html – Official site for the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA.  This site has all the information related to the development of RDA.  There are links to drafts, historical documents, presentations, discussion lists, and ongoing activities to mention just a few.  The FAQ’s are especially helpful.


http://www.rdatoolkit.org/ – the RDA Toolkit information website.  It has a link to access the RDA Online Tool, but you have to have subscription to use that.  This site has subscription information, FAQ’s and contact information.


http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/rdawebcasts.html – These are excellent presentations by one of the foremost experts on RDA – Dr. Barbara Tillett of LC.  You can download the needed player from the website.  Each lists the running time.  One is in Spanish.  There could be more listed here in the future.


http://sites.google.com/site/codlinandshort/ – RDA got you down?  Then visit the RDA Happy Fun Time Companion.  This fun site from Penny Baker and the folks at the Clark Art Institute Library will cheer you right up.  Amid all the hilarity there is lots of really valuable information – detailed explanations, specific examples, and lots of links to more.  Try it, you’ll like it!


http://faculty.washington.edu/aschiff/BCLAPresentationWithNotes-RevAug2010.pdf – “Changes from AACR2 to RDA: A Comparison of Examples” This presentation from Adam Schiff  is one of the best resources out there for understanding the differences between AACR2 and RDA.  This version has notes with it that make it even more clear and understandable.


http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/PCC_ParticipantsMeeting_Minutes_11m.html – This is the summary of the “US RDA Test Participant’s Panel Discussion” held at ALA Midwinter 2011.  Panelists responded to several questions about their experiences including their approach to RDA and how they trained personnel for the test, creating authority records, using non-MARC coding schemes,  and overall lessons learned.


http://tsig.wikispaces.com/Pre-conference+2010 – This site has links to the slides of presentations given at the “Shaping Tomorrow’s Metadata with RDA Pre-conference” from the Canadian Library Association Conference (CLA), June 2, 2010.  They are all very good.  I would point out the one from Pat Riva from the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec on “IFLA’s Conceptual Models and RDA (or, What you need to know about FRBR and FRAD when reading RDA)” which also includes an introduction to FRSAD.   The link is below.            http://tsig.wikispaces.com/file/view/RivaFRBRFRADFRSADforCLA2010.ppt


http://alcts.ala.org/crgwiki/images/1/10/RDA_CLA_Presentation.pdf – “…Help! The New Cataloging Code is Coming!” This presentation from the California Library Association annual conference in Nov. 2009 may be a little older, but it has good, clear background information.  The section of Changes between AACR2 and RDA is very good, showing how the RDA data elements fit into Marc records and giving good examples.


http://www.loc.gov/marc/development.html – This is the MARC Standards Development site.  Here are copies of past and present Proposals and Discussion Papers for changes to the MARC format.  Just click on MARC Proposals or MARC Discussion Papers.  They are arranged by year, most recent first.  Most of them in the last few years have dealt with RDA.


http://www.loc.gov/marc/RDAinMARC29.html – This is where to find what is new in MARC for RDA.  This link from the MARC Standards home page doesn’t just list the changes made to the MARC format to accommodate RDA, it provides links to the information about them.  Changes still under discussion (since the last MARBI meeting at ALA) are marked with links to the appropriate Discussion Paper or Proposal.


http://metadataregistry.org/rdabrowse.htm – This is the list of registered RDA elements and vocabularies.  The RDA vocabularies are only part of the Open Metadata Registry, which was built to support metadata interoperability.  The service is open to all.  There is a link to this from the RDA Online Tool.


http://www.oclc.org/us/en/rda/default.htm – OCLC’s main RDA site.  From here you can navigate to their policies and more information about RDA.


http://dublincore.org/dcmirdataskgroup – This is a Wiki sponsored by the DCMI (Dublin Core Metadata Initiative)/RDA Task Group.


http://vtls.com/products/virtua – VTLS’s Integrated Library System Virtua has been able to create a “FRBRized” display for years.  There is a link to an excellent PowerPoint presentation by John Espley “Insights and Processes from VTLS’s * years of Experience with FRBR and RDA” given at the RDA 101 ALCTS Preconference at ALA Annual 2010.  The presentation demonstrates a practical application of RDA, FRBR, and linked data.   There are also links to two webcasts by Mr. Espley on the theory and practice of RDA.  These provide excellent background for RDA and FRBR.  The links are below.




http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/RDAtest/rdatest.html – This is LC’s RDA Test site.  Although the test is over, the information about it is still here if anyone is interested.  There are links here for FAQ’s, examples for RDA compared to AACR2, and RDA Test record downloads.


The following are links to information about the models that RDA is based on.


http://www.ifla.org/en/publications/functional-requirements-for-bibliographic-records – IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) site for Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR)


http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=4554 – this presentation on FRBR from Barbara Tillett was given for non-catalogers.  It is a good overview that repeats a little of the stuff in the LC webcasts, but it talks about practical applications.

http://frbr.slis.kent.edu/ – This site provides information about Kent State’s School of Library and Information Science FRBR Project.  This is a four-year project on research and development of FRBR-based retrieval systems.  There are also links to other FRBR related resources.  Be sure to check out the presentations to see what the project has accomplished.

http://www.ifla.org/publications/functional-requirements-for-authority-data – IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) site for Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD)


http://www.ifla.org/node/1297 – IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) site for Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR).  This model deals with the Group 3 entities from FRBR.  There are placeholder chapters in RDA that will deal with these subject elements.


http://www.ifla.org/en/publications/statement-of-international-cataloguing-principles – The IFLA site for the Statement of International Cataloguing Principles.


Happy reading!


Karen Anderson

Authority Control Librarian



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