Last week Patricia Frade, a cataloger at the Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library in Provo, Utah, wrote on the American Libraries website about the year she spent learning to catalog in RDA. In "My Year of RDA " Ms. Frade recounts her trepidation about wading into RDA and offers a frank evaluation of the new standard. Its certainly worth a few minutes of your time.
There is something new and notable on RDA Toolkit today. We have added full MARC record examples of RDA cataloging. These examples were created by the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) and fulfill one of the requests that arose from the U.S. RDA Test. Click here to access the examples. The link will lead you to two PDF files, one containing examples of authority records and one with bibliographic records. Both files are bookmarked to allow for quick navigation of the documents.
For those cataloging in RDA or training in RDA, there was some good news last month from OCLC. The release of version 2.40 of Connexion client included the option to use RDA workforms (for both bibliographic and authority records) rather than the AACR2 forms. It also included an enhancement to the MARC linking service that allows subscribers to use IP authentication to connect to RDA Toolkit from Connexion rather than entering an Account ID and password. Both these enhancements should make life for RDA catalogers a little easier.