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Join us in Anaheim for ALA

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
Join Backstage for Breakfast in Anaheim.
On your way to ALA seminars

Saturday morning,

take time to drop in at the

Backstage Library Works breakfast.

Come Join us in New Orleans for ALA

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Come Join us Backstage in New Orleans


Join us at ALA

Monday, January 3rd, 2011
Backstage in San Diego
On your way to Saturday morning meetings

at ALA Midwinter, set aside some time

to drop in for the semiannual

MARS Authority Control Breakfast.

ALA Summer 2010 Recap

Monday, July 26th, 2010

With all the excitement surrounding RDA at ALA Annual (and we’ll have an update about that up soon), we realized we didn’t have a quick recap of events from my point of view in DC.  I would like to fill you in on details from an operational point of view as concerns Backstage, letting Karen Anderson let you know about the RDA updates later. (more…)

Authority Control in Washington DC? ALA

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
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Backstage at Houlihan's
No, it’s not a new approach to
the constitutional separation of powers.

It’s the semiannual

Join us at ALA, Saturday morning for breakfast at

Clyde's of Gallery Place

707 7th Street NW
Washington, DC

Saturday, June 26, 2010
7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

(Clyde’s is just a few blocks from the convention center.
You can find a map on the RSVP page.)

Get the scoop on the latest features and upcoming enhancements.

Network with other MARS users and touch base with your Backstage crew.

The MARS team will lead a discussion with the user group from 8:00 to 8:30.
Drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time.

Seating is limited, so please reserve your space online at:

Can’t make the meeting? Want to invite a friend?
Feel free to pass this invitation along.



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RDA Updates from ALA

Monday, February 1st, 2010

RDA – Jan. 15, 2010 –

Disclaimer: One of our Backstage staff (Maritta Coppieters) attended the all-day training session at ALA, but then also had to jump on a plane to England, so these updates are based on conversations I had with Maritta before she left:

  • LC is making allowance to put the authority control number in the heading in a $0, so that the heading will link to a specific authority record. LC isn’t going to implement this right now and will still be linking with the actual authority record, but it is something they are planning.
  • Lots of rules are going away and becoming more intuitive.
  • Old Latin abbreviations are being discarded.
  • The rule of thumb is: Key it like you see it.
  • The focus isn’t so much on editing and conforming things to a set of rules, more like representing the material as you find it. The idea is that if you download content from a publisher and the book title has an abbrevaition, you leave it the way it is.
  • Trust the item in hand rather than applying a set of rules to it.
  • LC will publish RDA by June ALA. Then we have 3 months to train and practice. Then another 3 months to test specific scenarios and report back to LC. Then LC will take 3 months to write up the results (Q1 2011).

The RDA Toolkit price has been set at: $325 for the first user, $55 for each additional user. This price is set to be an annual subscription, rather than a one-time fee. As a comparison, the AACR2 life-time price is around $95 per user (non-members).

More information regarding the RDA Toolkit can be found here:

Stay tuned as we prepare a more comprehensive update about the direction RDA is heading and how we are a part of it.