Cataloging with RDA

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Goodbye AACR2 and hello RDA. The test results are in, three national libraries (LC, NLM and NLA) plan to implement the new standard "no sooner than January 2013." This workshop will bring you the latest news on RDA and give you a thorough overview of the new content standard. Topics include: FRBR review; RDA Core elements for description, preferred titles and names; changes from AACR2; articulating relationships between resources and entities; RDA Toolkit functionality; using workflows and mappings to catalog materials with RDA. Through exercises and hands-on cataloging experiences, participants will receive a thorough grounding in RDA.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Distinguish among work, expression, manifestation and item as they apply to describing and providing access to resources and understand their roles in enabling users to find, identify, select and obtain resources
  • Build descriptions of resources using RDA Core elements
  • Create authorized access points using preferred names for persons, families and corporate bodies and preferred titles for works
  • Articulate relationships among works, expressions, manifestations and items and among resources and persons, families and corporate bodies using RDA vocabularies
  • Use the RDA Toolkit and workflows to identify rules relevant to describing resources and creating access points
Target Audience: 
Library catalogers with experience in cataloging with AACR2 and MARC
  • Working knowledge of AACR2 and experience applying rules to cataloging situations
  • Working knowledge of the MARC 21 and/or OCLC MARC bibliographic formats
  • Desire to learn; openness to change
  • Participants must have access to the RDA Toolkit through institutional or personal subscription
  • To be prepared for the face-to-face instruction, Students MUST view the online "Introducing RDA," covering RDA background and history, FRBR review and RDA Core Descriptive Elements, and complete the accompanying assignment.
Homework Expectations and Completion Requirements: 
  • Students will view the pre-class tutorial, be present for the full day, complete in-class exercises reinforcing RDA concepts and will complete MARC-based descriptions for resources, applying RDA rules.
Session Duration: 
This is a full-day course.
Continuing Education Credit
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