With implementation of RDA growing and the rollout phase of RDA Toolkit completed, the Co-Publishers of RDA Toolkit are focusing on a new phase of RDA Toolkit development. Going froward we will seek to improve services and systems used by both subscribers and authoring groups. Dakota Systems has been selected to provide technology services as we make changes to the content management and authoring systems in the coming months. In the coming months we will introduce a new approach to collecting community input on needed improvements to the user experience of RDA Toolkit.
Over the last 6 months the co-publishers for RDA have released the following updates and improvements to RDA Toolkit. Follow the links below to read more about each improvement.
The Committee of Principals (COP) and the Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA (JSC) held independent and joint meetings last week in Chicago. The outcomes of the JSC and COP meetings will be published on the JSC website in the coming weeks. The JSC considered over 50 proposals for revisions to RDA. Approved proposals will be added to RDA and released to RDA Toolkit in April 2013.
This week SirsiDynix rolled out the Symphony 3.4.1 Service pack 2 which included enhancements to make the popular ILS more compatible with RDA cataloging. Of particular note is that this updated version of Symphony now allows context-sensitive linking to RDA instructions for those users with RDA Toolkit subscriptions. With this update, SirsiDynix joins our growing list of linking partners.
Here is some more good news for those of you cataloging in RDA or training in RDA, this time from Deborah and Richard Fritz, authors of MARC21 for Everyone (ALA, 2003), and co-owners of The MARC of Quality (TMQ). They have informed us that MARC Report, their error checking software for MARC records, now includes:
The 2012 ALA Annual Conference is a week away. Library folk from across the country and the world will assemble in Anaheim, California, from June 21 through June 25, and there will be plenty of events for those with RDA on their mind. Below is our guide to the best of the RDA -related goings-on. Between events be sure to visit the RDA Toolkit booth (#1823, near the ALA Store) for a demo of our product or answers to any RDA questions you might have.
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.
We get lots and lots of email, and we do our best to answer all of them. In order to enlighten all our users to some common and very pertinent questions (and maybe to lighten our correspondence load a bit), it seems useful to address some of those email questions here.
ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Dallas has included plenty of news for RDA Toolkit users. Today's RDA Update Forum was a particular stampede of useful information. Most significantly, Beacher Wiggins, Director for Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access at the Library of Congress and a member of the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee, reported that significant progress has been been made on all the tasks put forth in the committee's June 2011 report.