The following post was written by Chris Oliver, Copy Editor for the Rewording of RDA.
The aim of the rewording project was to improve the readability of the text of RDA while preserving the exact meaning and intent of all the instructions. The original RDA had a distinctive rhythm, a consistent style, and a well-planned structure. While working on readability, it was also important to ensure that the reworded text would fit as smoothly as possible with the text that was left unchanged.
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 ALA Annual Conference is underway, and this morning the RDA Update Forum contained plenty of good information for RDA catalogers. The panel included representatives of Machine Readable Bibliographic Information committee (MARBI), the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC), OCLC, the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee, and ALA Publishing. A brief summary of the proceedings follows. Slides and handouts of the presentations will be made available on ALA Connect.
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.
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.
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.
Today, Berlin-based publisher De Gruyter announced the collaboration between themselves and ALA Publishing (on behalf of the RDA Co-Publishers) on the publication and distribution of a German language version of RDA: Resource Description and Access. Read the entire De Gruyter press release.
The full program for ALA's 2012 Midwinter Meeting is now online through ALA Connect Conference Scheduler. The Conference Scheduler makes it easy to track down events focused on your interests, and to create and manage a personal schedule for your time at the meeting.
ALA Publishing, acting on behalf of the Co-Publishers of RDA: Resource Description and Access and under the direction of the Committee of Principals, is pleased to announce the selection of Chris Oliver as Copy Editor for improving the readability of RDA.
Last Week the Joint Steering Committee for the development of RDA: Resource Description and Access (JSC) met in Glasgow, Scotland with a long list of issues to cover. You can review the agenda here, and you can get a quick update on JSC rulings and decisions from John Attig's blog. Mr. Attig, the Authority Control Librarian at Pennsylvania State University, serves as the ALA representative to the JSC.