If you rarely ever think to click on the Advanced Search button, then hopefully the following tips will illustrate how the Advanced Search can actually be a time saver and will move you to take greater advantage of this feature. If you are already willing to take the time to click through to the Advanced Search menu, then you likely are open to some ideas that involve a few more clicks in order to get the best possible answer to your query. Advanced search allows you to add a filter for document type or metadata type to your search terms, leading to more precise results. Here are a few tips for honing your search.
A new release was pushed to the live site of RDA Toolkit on October 11, 2011. Releases to RDA Toolkit typically will contain updates to content and metadata, enhancements to RDA Toolkit functionality, and fixes to existing bugs. We have established the second Tuesday of the month as the day for such releases. This is the first example of this new policy. There will not be a release every month, but, when there is one, it will fall on the second Tuesday and be accompanied by a blog announcement such as this.
Much like the vendor interviews we conducted over the summer, this autumn we plan to conduct a series of interviews with the participants of the U.S. RDA Test. A year has passed since the test was conducted, and we all are aware of the recommendations that came from it. But what are the participating groups up to now? Are they cataloging in RDA? Are they sharing their knowledge with other libraries? Looking back on the test, do they feel it was a useful endeavor?