RDA Resources

RDA, or Resource Description and Access, is the new set of rules for cataloging and metadata creation, which replaces AACR2. Many libraries plan to adopt it when the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and other national libraries do so, in March of 2013, but some RDA records are already present in our databases.

The RDA Resources page provides a collection of books, articles, webinars, training opportunities, and best practices documents from many sources. 

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Recommendations from the I-Share Cataloging and Authority Control Team (ICAT)

Public Services Staff at I-Share and non-I-Share libraries: View webinar 1 (and 2-4, if you are interested)

For Copy Catalogers at I-Share libraries: View all 5 webinars

For Copy Catalogers at non-I-Share libraries: View webinars 2-4 (and 1, if the RDA overview interests you)

For Original Catalogers at I-Share libraries: View all 5 webinars, followed by one of the in-person training sessions to be held in Spring 2013

For Original Catalogers at non-I-Share libraries: 

View webinars 2-4 (and 1 and 5, if you are interested), followed by one of the hands-on training sessions to be held in June.    

Webinars

  1. ICAT webinar: RDA for Everyone at I-Share Libraries. 5 Dec. 2012.
  2. ALCTS webinar: Maxwell, Robert. FRBR as a Foundation for RDA. Dec. 15, 2010.
  3. ALCTS webinar: Schiff, Adam. Changes from AACR2 to RDA: Part 1. Feb. 2, 2011.
  4. ALCTS webinar: Schiff, Adam. Changes from AACR2 to RDA: Part 2. Feb. 9, 2011.
  5. ICAT webinar: RDA for Technical Services. Part 1 and Recording Part 2. Dec. 13, 2012.

Calendar of Upcoming RDA Trainings

For Technical Services:

Text:

Anhalt, Joy, and Richard A. Stewart. "RDA Simplified." Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 50.1 (2012): 33-42. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Coyle, Karen. RDA Vocabularies for a Twenty-First-Century Data Environment. Chicago: ALATechSource, 2010. Print.

Hart, Amy. “Getting Ready for RDA: What You Need to Know.” Library Media Connection 29.2 (2010): 30-32. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Kincy, Chamya P., and Michael A. Wood. "Rethinking Access with RDA (Resource Description and Access)." Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries 9.1 (2012): 13-34. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Oliver, Chris. Introducing RDA: A Guide to the Basics. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. Print.

Randall, Kevin M. "RDA: End of the World Postponed?" Serials Librarian 61.3/4 (2011): 334-345. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Welsh, Anne, and Sue Batley. Practical Cataloging: AACR2, RDA and MARC21. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2012. Print.

Video:

Arellano, Felipe Martinez. Comprendiendo RDA de Forma FacilAssociation for Library Collections & Technical Services, 4 April 2014. Web. (free)

Brenndorfer, Thomas. RDA in 10 Easy Steps. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 7 Nov. 2012. Web. (free)

Ellett, Robert. Introduction to RDA. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 22 Sept. 2010. Web. (free)

Fritz, Debora. Rudimentary RDA. Part 1, What RDA Is, When It Will Happen, and Why We Need It. The MARC of Quality. Web. (free)

Gabel, Linda, and Erin Stalberg, Trina Grover, Kathryn La Barre. RDA Ask-the-Experts Webinar. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 17 Feb. 2011. Web. (free)

Glennan, Kathy. RDA: Revising, Developing, and Assessing. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 19 Feb. 2014. Web. (free)

Maxwell, Robert L. Maxwell's Handbook for RDA: Explaining and Illustrating RDA, Resource Description and Access, Using Marc21. Chicago: American Library Association, 2013. Print.

Oliver, Christine. RDA: Benefits for Users and Cataloguers. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 3 Nov. 2010. Web. (free)

Schiff, Adam. Changes from AACR2 to RDA: Part 1. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 2 Feb. 2011. Web. (free)

Schiff, Adam. Changes from AACR2 to RDA: Part 2. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 9 Feb. 2011. Web. (free)

Schiff, Adam. Cataloging Books in RDA: A Comparison with AACR2. Illinois Library Association Preconference 2013, part 1-3. 14 Oct. 2013. Web. (free)

NotesPowerPoint; Video: Part 1,Part 2,Part 3

Tillett, Barbara. Webcasts on RDA from the National Central Library in Taipei. ​National Central Library in Taipei, Taiwan, 21-23 Mar. 2012. Web. (free)

Tillett, Barbara. RDA: Looking to the Future: Information Systems and Metadata. Library of Congress. 9 Mar. 2010. Web. (free)              

Tillett, Barbara. RDA Changes from AACR2 for Texts. Library of Congress. 12 Jan. 2010. Web. (free)

For Public Services:

Text:

Hart, Amy. The RDA Primer: A Guide for the Occasional Cataloger. Santa Barbara: Linworth, 2010. Print.

McCutcheon, Sevim. "RDA and the Reference Librarian: What to Expect from the New Cataloging Standard." Reference Librarian 53.2 (2012): 123-137. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Zabel, Diane, and Liz Miller. "Resource Description and Access (RDA): An Introduction for Reference Librarians." Reference & User Services Quarterly 50.3 (2011): 216-222. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Video:

Robare, Lori. RDA for the Non-Cataloger: What’s in It for You? Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 31 Oct. 2012. Web. (free)

FRBR: Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records

Text:

Maxwell, Robert L. FRBR: A Guide for the Perplexed. Chicago: American Library Association, 2008. Print.

Picco, Paola, and Virginia Ortiz Repiso. "The Contribution of FRBR to the Identification of Bibliographic Relationships: The New RDA-Based Ways of Representing Relationships in Catalogs." Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 50.5-7 (2012): 622-640. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Taylor, Arlene, G. Understanding FRBR : What it is and How it Will Affect Our Retrieval Tools. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007. Print.

Tillett, Barbara. What is FRBR?: A Conceptual Model for the Bibliographic Universe. Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service, n.d. Web.

Video:

Ascher, James, and Peter J. Rolla. Don’t Tilt at Windmills, an Active Learning Approach to Teaching FRBR. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 1 Dec. 2010. Web. (free)

Maxwell, Robert. FRBR as a Foundation for RDA. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 15 Dec. 2010. Web. (free)

Tillett, Barbara. FRBR: Things You Should Know But Were Afraid to Ask. Library of Congress. 4 Mar. 2009. Web. (free)

FRAD: Functional Requirements for Authority Data

Text:

Patton, Glenn E., ed. Functional Requirements for Authority Data: A Conceptual Model. IFLA Ser. on Bibliographic Control 34. München: K.G. Saur,
2009. Print.

Jin, Qiang. Demystifying FRAD: Functional Requirements for Authority Data. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2012. Print.

Riva, Pat, and Chris Oliver. "Evaluation of RDA as an Implementation of FRBR and FRAD." Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 50.5-7 (2012): 564-586. Academic Search Premier. Web.

FRSAD: Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data

Text:

Zeng, Marcia Lei, Maja Žumer, and Athena Salaba, eds. Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD): A Conceptual Model. IFLA Ser. on Bibliographic Control 43. Berlin: De Gruyter Saur, 2011. IFLA. Web.

Furner, Jonathan. “FRSAD and the Ontology of Subjects of Works.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 50.5-7 (2012): 494-516. Academic
Search Premier. Web.

Rules

Online:

RDA Toolkit

     Webinars: RDA Toolkit Essentials. Web. (free)

LC guide: Carlton, Tim, Kate James, and Judith Kuhagen. Using the RDA Toolkit. 8 May, 2012. RDA: Resource Description & Access Training Materials. Web.

Print:

Resource Description & Access: RDA. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011. Print.

      Print updates (The next print version of RDA will be available December 2012.)

Name Authority Records

Video

Cristán, Ana Lupe. Recording RDA Elements in MARC21 Fields in Name Authority Records. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 12 Sept. 2012. Web. (free)

Cristán, Ana Lupe. Elementos RDA en MARC21 para registros de autoridad de nombre Parte I. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 5 Dec. 2012. Web. (free)

Cristán, Ana Lupe. Elementos RDA en MARC21 para registros de autoridad de nombre Parte II. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 12 Dec. 2012. Web. (free)

Frank, Paul. RDA Name Authorities—What’s New and Different from AACR2. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services,17 Oct. 2012. Web. (free)

“RDA in NACO Training.”  Library of Congress. Apr. 2012. Web. (free)

Reser, Dave. Programmatic Changes to the LC/NACO Authority File for RDA. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 8 May 2013. Web. (free)

Strawn Utilities for Authority Control Work

Webpage:

Getting Started Using Gary Strawn’s Software in I-Share Libraries.” Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois. Web.

Video:

Sutherland, Casey. An Introduction to Using the Strawn Utilities for Authority Control Work in I-Share Libraries webinar. 21 Sept., 2010. Web. (free)

View slides from the webinar 

Text:

“ ICAT Recommendations for Managing RDA Data in I-Share.” 29 July, 2011. Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois. Web.

Cronin, Christopher. "From Testing to Implementation: Managing Full-Scale RDA Adoption at the University of Chicago." Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 49.7/8 (2011): 626-646. Academic Search Premier. Web.

El-Sherbini, Magda. RDA: Strategies for Implementation. Chicago: American Library Association, 2013. Print.​

McCutcheon, Sevim. “Designing Policy for Copy Cataloging in RDA.” Library Collections, Acquisitions, & Technical Services 36.3/4 (2012): 69-78. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Sanner, Elyssa M. "Preliminary Training for RDA: A Survey of Cataloging Department Heads." Journal of Library Metadata 12.2/3 (2012): 213-241. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Young, Naomi Kietzke. "Effective Learning and Teaching of RDA: Applying Adult Learning Theory." Journal of Library Metadata 12.2/3 (2012): 188-198. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Video:

Bushman, Barbara, and Regina Reynolds. Recommendations from the RDA Test: Where Do We Go From Here?Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 31 Aug. 2011. Web. (free)

Cronin, Christopher. RDA for Administrators: Managing the Transition in Your Library. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 13 Oct. 2010. Web. (free)

Glennan, Kathy. RDA: Revising, Developing, and Assessing. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 19 February 2014. Web. (free)​

Kandarasheva, Irina, and Mark Wilson. Preparing Copy Catalogers for RDA. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 6 Apr. 2011. Web. (free)

Smith, Stephen. RDA: Staff Training, Implementation, and Monographic Workflow. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 19 March 2014. Web. (free)​

Tillett, Barbara and Judy Kuhagen. RDA Train-the-Trainer Webcasts. ​Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. 15 Jan. 2010. Web. (free)

Text:

Andrew, Paige G, Susan M. Moore, and Mary L. Larsgaard. RDA and Cartographic Resources. Chicago: American Library Association, 2014. Print.

Biella, Joan C., and Heidi G. Lerner. "The RDA Test and Hebraica Cataloging: Applying RDA in One Cataloging Community." Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 49.7/8 (2011): 676-695. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Curran, Mary. "Serials in RDA: A Starter’s Tour and Kit." Serials Librarian 57.4 (2009): 306-323. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Curran, Mary. "Print Serials Workflow in RDA: A Draft Workflow for RDA Toolkit Based on JSC's Sample Workflow for a Simple Book." Serials Librarian 59.3/4 (2010): 244-262. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Glennan, Kathryn. "The Development of Resource Description & Access and Its Impact on Music Materials." Notes 68.3 (2012): 526-534. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Jones, Ed. RDA and Serials Cataloging. Chicago: American Library Association, 2013. Print.​

Kuhagen, Judith A., and Margaret Mering. "Serials and RDA: An Ongoing Relationship." Serials Librarian 62.1-4 (2012): 5-16. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Nimer, Cory. "RDA and Archives." Journal of Archival Organization 8.3/4 (2010): 227-243. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. Web.

Online Audiovisual Catalogers Inc. (OLAC). Best Practices for Cataloging DVD and Blu-Ray Discs Using RDA and MARC21. Version 1.1, November, 2017. Web.

Online Audiovisual Catalogers Inc. (OLAC). Best Practices for Cataloging Streaming Media Using RDA and MARC21. Version 1.1, April, 2018. Web.

Online Audiovisual Catalogers Inc. (OLAC). Best Practices for Cataloging Video Games Using RDA and MARC21. Version 1.1, April, 2018. Web.

RDA Music Implementation Task ForceBest Practice for Music Cataloging: Using RDA and MARC21. Version 1.1. 17 Feb. 2015. Web.

Weber, Mary B, and Fay A. Austin. Describing Electronic, Digital, and Other Media Using AACR2 and RDA: A How-to-Do-It Manual and CD-ROM for Librarians. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2011. Print.

Video:

Andrew, Paige G. RDA and Cartographic Materials: Mapping a New Route. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 28 Sept. 2011. Web. (free)

Bothmann, Bobby. Moving Images. Illinois Library Association Preconference 2013, part 4-5. 14 Oct. 2013. Web. (free)

PowerPoint; Video: Part 4,Part 5

Glennan, Kathy. RDA and Music Basics: Scores. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 5 Oct. 2011. Web. (free)

Glennan, Kathy. RDA and Music Basics: Sound Recordings. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 26 Oct. 2011. Web.  (free)

Hawkins, Les. CONSER RDA Core Elements for Serials. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 13 February 2013. Web. (free)

Hostage, John. Cataloging Law Materials with RDA. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 2 Nov. 2011. Web. (free)

Huissmann, Mary. RDA Basics for Music Materials. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 16 April 2014. Web. (free)

Maxwell, Robert L., and John Attig. Rare Materials and RDA: Exploring the Issues. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 23 May 2012. Web.  (free)

McGrath, Kelley. Cataloging Three-Dimensional Objects and Kits with RDA. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 28 Mar. 2012. Web. (free)

McGrath, Kelley. RDA and Moving Images. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 14 Mar. 2012. Web. (free)

Nimer, Cory. Archival Materials: Using RDA with DACS. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 30 May 2012. Web. (free)

Nimer, Cory. Using RDA with DACS: What's New? Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 28 May 2014. Web. (free)​

Schadle, Steve. RDA and Serials Catalogers: Will Our Work Really Change? Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, 2 Mar. 2011. Web. (free)