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About RDA

RDA: Resource Description and Access was developed by the RDA Steering Committee (formerly the Joint Steering Committee in for the Development of RDA) as part of its strategic plan (2005-2009) to replace the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd Edition Revised, which were first published in 1978.

RDA is a package of data elements, guidelines, and instructions for creating library and cultural heritage resource metadata that are well-formed according to international models for user-focussed linked data applications.

RDA: Resource Description and Access is developed in a collaborative process led by the RDA Steering Committee. RSC gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the many institutions and individuals who have generously given their time and energies to the creation of RDA.

RDA was developed in line with a set of objectives and principles which are informed by the Statement of International Cataloguing Principles. Read RDA Objectives and Principles.

About RDA Toolkit

RDA Toolkit is an integrated, browser-based, online product that allows users to interact with a collection of cataloging-related documents and resources including RDA: Resource Description and Access. RDA Toolkit is published by the RDA Co-Publishers (see below).

About the RDA Board

The RDA Board is responsible for all policies and programs relating to RDA, the publication of revisions and new editions, and the affairs of its subordinate bodies.

In this capacity, the COP oversees the publication of the RDA, reviews developments and progress of the RDA Steering Committee, reviews the state and application of the RDA Fund, determines future programs of work for the Joint Steering Committee, and determines all questions of constitution, terms of reference and conduct of the RDA Steering Committee and Trustees.

The RDA Board comprises the CEOs/Directors (or designates) of :

  • American Library Association
  • British Library
  • Canadian Library Association
  • CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
  • Library and Archives Canada
  • Library of Congress
  • National Library of Australia

About the RDA Steering Committee

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) is authorized by the RDA Board with the responsible for updating and maintaining the content of RDA. Detailed information about the RSC and their process is found on their website http://www.rda-rsc.org.

The constituent organizations represented on the RSC are:

  • American Library Association
  • Australian Committee on Cataloguing
  • British Library
  • Canadian Committee on Cataloguing
  • CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
  • Library of Congress

About the RDA Co-Publishers

RDA and RDA Toolkit are published by the RDA Co-Publishers:

  • American Library Association
  • Canadian Library Association
  • Facet Publishing, the publishing arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

RDA and RDA Toolkit Copyright Statement

©2010– American Library Association, Canadian Library Association, and CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

You are free to copy, distribute, and otherwise share screen images of RDA Toolkit for educational purposes, including training, classroom or online teaching, presentations, review, evaluation, internal library use, and handouts for related activities. You may not use RDA Toolkit screen images for commercial gain, and may not alter, transform, or build upon them without written permission from the Co-Publishers.

Each use of an image from RDA Toolkit should be attributed as follows:
"Screen image from the RDA Toolkit (www.rdatoolkit.org) used by permission of the Co-Publishers for RDA (American Library Association, Canadian Library Association, and CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals)".

RDA Toolkit License Agreement

The RDA Toolkit License Agreement is available for review as a PDF.