RDA Officially Adopted by Library of Congress

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.

What does this mean for you and your library? Luckily Backstage has you covered. As an official test partner, Backstage has been working closely with the LC to ensure that our services are ready to handle RDA records at the same level of quality you have come to expect with AACR2 records. In fact, we are currently processing RDA bibs and authorities for several of our clients now.


If you’d like to know more about how Backstage Library Works can help you with RDA please contact one of our project managers.

  • Nate Cothran
    • ncothran@bslw.com
    • 1-800-316-2759×697
  • Judy Archer:
    • jarcher@bslw.com
    • 1-800-316-2759×695
  • Jeremy Myntti:
    • jmyntti@bslw.com
    • 1-800-316-2759×698



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