Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is a public library system that serves the citizens of Douglas County in central Colorado. The DCL does both original and copy cataloging, and it is a NACO library. They use SirsiDynix's Horizon ILS. The cataloging staff consists of one senior cataloger and four catalog librarians, who primarily do copy cataloging. Two staff members participated in the RDA test. DCL continues to use RDA for the original cataloging of books and other select formats. Nancy Kall, Senior Cataloger, Special Collections at DCL, answered our questions.
The State Library of Pennsylvania can trace its origins to a 1745 action by the legislature of the colony of Pennsylvania. The cataloging of three professionals and one paraprofessional does both original and copy cataloging and creates authority records. The three staff professionals participated in the test. The staff uses the Voyager ILS from Ex Libris. The State Library has continued to catalog in RDA, though they have relied on AACR2 for copy cataloging. Thomas Duszak, head of collections/cataloging, answered our questions.
North Carolina State University is a land grant university, and its libraries serve a population of more than 34,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff. The cataloging staff does both original and copy cataloging. They do not create authority records. All of their 18-member staff participated in the U.S. RDA Test. NCSU uses SirsiDynix's Unicorn ILS. Christee Pascale, Assistant Head of Metadata and Cataloging, answered our questions for NCSU.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was established in 1895 and serves the citizens of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. This public library does both original and copy cataloging as well as authority work. The cataloging staff consists of 4 full-time and 1 half-time professional catalogers. All the full-time staffers participated in the RDA test. Carnegie Library uses the Millennium ILS from Innovative Interfaces. Charles Herrold supplied the responses to our questions.
Emory University was one of 10 academic libraries that participated in the U.S. RDA Test. The university library engages in both original and copy cataloging and does authority work as well. The cataloging staff consists of 32 people, 20% of whom participated in the RDA test. During the test Emory used the Symphony ILS from SirsiDynix. Armin Siedlecki, head of cataloging at Emory's Pitts Theology Library, answered our questions.
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?