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Resource, Description and Access (RDA): What you need to knowRDA Training and Implementation

Presentation by Alison Hitchens and Ellen Symons

OLA Super Conference 2011

February 2, 2011


What to train How to prepare yourselfHow to trainResourcesImplementation



We are not teaching people how to catalogue– we are teaching people how to catalogue using RDAModule 9 of the LC RDA train-the-trainer webcasts highlights top things trainers should concentrate on in terms of key concepts and changes from AACR2

What to train


user needs/user tasksfind, identify, select, obtain; cataloguer’s judgement“take what you see” representation principle“Work, Expression, Manifestation, Item” aspects of resource being described that cataloguers must be clear about“Core” and “Core if …” elements

What to train


Alternatives, optional omissions, optional additionsFewer abbreviationsRelationships, relationships, relationships!Content, Media, and Carrier typesdoing away with GMD





No more “rule of three”—instead, use cataloguer’s judgementSources for information expanded (any source, not just chief source)Controlled vocabularies

What to



Apply what you learned today!Familiarize yourself with the RDA Toolkit. Try cataloguing something using RDA!Train-the-trainer modules being developed by CLA-TSIGWorkshops and webinars from ALCTS’s documentation for RDA test participants, with accompanying exercisesModules from LC’s RDA train-the-trainer website

Prepare yourself for training


Look at RDA records on LC website Search Text box, type 040e rdaClick Expert Search in the Search Type BoxClick Begin Search button

Prepare yourself for training




Start with the background: RDA principles, FRBR concepts and terminology Highlight changes from AACR2 to RDA for common cataloguing tasksIdentify changes in the structure of the tool so that cataloguers can navigate the RDA ToolkitGive practical examples and exercisesAllow time for follow-up sessions

How to train


JSC presentations site LC site in Canada site



Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG) Wiki LC email account for questions about RDA or RDA



PublicationsHitchens, Alison and Ellen Symons. “Preparing Catalogers for RDA Training.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 47, no. 8 (2009): 691-707.Oliver, Chris. Introducing RDA : A Guide to the Basics. Chicago : American Library Association, 2010.Maxwell, Robert. FRBR : A Guide for the Perplexed. Chicago : American Library Association, 2008.Taylor, Arlene G. (ed.). Understanding FRBR : What it is and How it Will Affect Our Retrieval Tools. Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2007.Tillett, Barbara. What is FRBR? : a Conceptual Model for the Bibliographic Universe.



LC plansrevising LCRIs and making decisions on optionsthese will appear in the RDA Toolkit as LC policiestesting period of 6 months with partners (completed in December 2010)analyze results and present report in (March 2011)LC decision on implementation (June 2011)LAC plansfamiliarizationcreate training documentation for LACcreate sample workflowsmake decisions on options & access pointsimplement in mid to late 2011

Implementation in North America


Local policiesCommunication with public services staffRule of three: how many to traceCommunication with systems staffIcons/visual cues to replace GMD

Implementation in your library


Alison HitchensCataloguing & Metadata LibrarianUniversity of Waterlooahitchen@uwaterloo.caEllen SymonsCataloguing/Training LibrarianQueen’s


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