Posts Tagged ‘Library of Congress’

Transition away from MARC?

Friday, November 11th, 2011

A recent announcement by the Library of Congress (LC) has provided more details about its intent to steer away from MARC format and begin investigation into its replacement. MARC has been the format for bibliographic and authority record exchange for nearly 40 years. Because of that the format lacks the ability to accommodate fully the features planned for RDA.

The Working Group of the Future of Bibliographic Control wrote in their report: (more…)

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.