Resource Description and Access: A Proposal on the Decision to Implement a New Cataloging Standard for a Public Library
by Loretta Staal
August 12, 2010
Change is nothing new to libraries and library catalogs. As long as libraries have existed, they have been challenged with constantly evolving formats and newly emerging technologies. To keep up with and adapt to this state of constant change, a reexamination, or even a shaking up, of current practice and philosophy has to periodically take place. The description and organization of library collections has undergone major modifications throughout the history of librarianship. Codes and rules have been developed and rewritten to stay current with the goals of libraries. And central to the mission of librarianship is the focus on the user and his or her ability to access a library’s collection. Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the new cataloging standard developed to support the various digital formats in which information is delivered. RDA is also capable of supporting the emerging technologies that are yet unknown. Continue reading “On the Transistion to Resource Description and Access (RDA)”
A little more than two weeks to go before the Fall semester. This is a much needed break and since I’m feeling a little burned out. This last class, Transitioning to RDA, was one of the best since it was with my favorite professor, Dr. Ellett. I had the privilege of being one of only five students in this class, learning the newly launched Resource Description and Access (RDA) Toolkit, a web based resource. Ellett also teaches the ‘real’ cataloging, both beginning and advanced, as opposed to just the theory of cataloging. It’s a great time to be in the field of library science.
RDA-L. (2010). Electronic mailing list retrieved June 18, 2010 from: http://www.rda-jsc.org/rdadiscuss.html
Electronic mailing lists and forums are excellent tools for getting the most up-to-date information about a topic and learning how others are dealing with some of the issues related to RDA. From the website: “RDA-L is an electronic forum for discussion of RDA. The purpose of this listserv is to facilitate informal discussion on RDA : Resource Description and Access. This listserv is an initiative of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) and is hosted by Library and Archives Canada.” This list is straight from the source and includes discussion from the major developers behind RDA. As RDA moves closer to going live, the discussions are mostly about the technological support, pricing, and learning opportunities. Subscribing to RDA-L is recommended for anyone involved in the implementation of RDA in their library.