The May release introduced a requirement to select a Creative Commons license for each new workflow or map that you create in RDA Toolkit. This might surprise many and stir a bit of concern for a few. Why is a license needed? Why is this being introduced now? What do each of these types of licenses mean? We're happy to answer all these questions.
One of the goals of RDA Toolkit is to bring together the key documents and resources that catalogers need to do their work. Of course, RDA Toolkit is most significantly home to RDA: Resource Description and Access, but it also includes important resources like Library of Congress Policy Statements and AACR2. Another key resource found RDA Toolkit is your inhouse documentation. Afterall, few resources are relied upon more than those that address specifically how your institution wants to catalog.
The recent ALA Conference in New Orleans offered a lot of news and quite a few good ideas in regard to RDA. Cheryl Boettcher Tarsala's presentation on RDA workflows, entitled "Fashioning Effective Workflows," was particularly full of the latter and immediately struck us a good material for Tips in Three. Dr. Tarsala, most recently an instructor for the GSLIS LEEP program at the University of Illinois, spoke about the value of workflows in making the most efficient use of RDA Toolkit.