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ALA Midwinter 2013 Presentations PCClist RDA Updates:

Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative

The Library of Congress has launched a review of the bibliographic framework to better accommodate future needs. A major focus of the initiative will be to determine a transition path for the MARC 21 exchange format in order to reap the benefits of newer technology while preserving a robust data exchange that has supported resource sharing and cataloging cost savings in recent decades.

RDA Resources for Library Directors

PCC Participants' Meeting Summary: US RDA Test Participant’s Panel Discussion [Word : 6 p. : 47 KB], ALA Midwinter—San Diego, CA, Jan. 9, 2011

Representatives from PCC institutions that participated in the RDA test describe their institutional philosophies in applying RDA, experiences with using the code to create metadata for a variety of resources, and offered opinions as to how RDA was received by librarians in their institutions.

RDA: A Library Service Organization's Perspective [PDF: 130 KB 12 p.]

Backstage Library Works, a professional library service organization based in Provo, Utah, participated in the US RDA Test. At the 2011 ALA Midwinter meeting in San Diego, California, Maritta Coppieters, Vice President for Bibliographic Services at Backstage Library Works, discussed the organization's involvement in the test. Coppieters starts with the assumptions at the outset of the test, and then contrasts the assumptions with the realities at the end of the test. Presentation Date: 01/07/2011.

RDA for Administrators [PDF: 637 KB 26 p.]

How can library administrators and managers make an informed decision on whether to transition from AACR2 to RDA? Chris Cronin, Director of Metadata and Cataloging Services at the University of Chicago Library, presented an ALCTS Webcast titled “RDA for Administrators” on October 13, 2010. The slides and notes from the presentation are included here.

All RDA questions should be directed to LChelp4rda@loc.gov.

Comments on PCC-related aspects of RDA implementation may be sent to: coop@loc.gov with the words "PCC/RDA aspects" in the subject line.