Archive for the ‘RDA’ Category

RDA Officially Adopted by Library of Congress

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

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.


MARS Authority Control Updates

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

This quarter has been a busy one for us at Backstage in the Authority Control / Automation service dept. We always get together and discuss upcoming goals and apply priorities to those goals throughout the year, just as everyone on this list participates in their own goals-oriented meetings. And, just like everyone else, sometimes our goals are changed around or new goals come into play that causes us to drop everything and focus on those instead. (more…)

FRBR, FRAD, and RDA what they all mean

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

If you’re anything like me when you hear about FRBR, FRAD, and RDA you wonder who spilled their alphabet soup. But these are serious topics in the library world and we need to understand what each term means, how they relate to one another, and what we can expect to see in the future. Karen, our RDA librarian has kindly put together a basic primer for us to understand these issues.


Updated RDA Links

Monday, March 7th, 2011

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.


LC Policies for RDA and AACR2

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

For those of you who are wondering about LC’s policies for RDA and AACR2

records now that the national test is over, LC has posted the PCC Post

RDA Test Guidelines here: (more…)

Summary of RDA Options

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

The following is a clear and concise summary of the main options we have for handling RDA and AACR2 bibliographic records and matching against RDA or AACR2 Authority records.

We want you to receive your records exactly the way you want them, so we have created a number of different options. If you have any questions about any of these options, or would like to discuss setting up a custom process for your records, give one of our project managers a call at (800) 288-1265. (more…)