A new release of RDA Toolkit was published on February 11, 2014. When there is a new release for RDA Toolkit, it is made on the second Tuesday of the month. Releases typically contain updates to content and metadata, enhancements to RDA Toolkit functionality, and fixes to existing bugs. You can subscribe to our RSS development feed to get notification of releases.
The details of the February release follow.
The release contained corrections and Fast Track changes from the JSC, including revisions for consistency, updates to be in accord with the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, and additions to appendix I and to the glossary. Details on these February changes and past changes can be found on the JSC site in the Secretary Document Series.
The release also included revisions and updates to the RDA: Element Set and MARC/RDA bibliographic and authority mappings, corrections to the French version of RDA, and an update of the Help Guide.
The release contained changes to Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements (LC-PCC PS). The changes included additions and deletions of LC-PCC PSs, corrections of typos, and rewritings of some standing policy statements. A complete list of the revised LC-PCC PSs are available on the Library of Congress website.
Policy statements from the National Library of Australia were introduced in this release. More on this addition can be found in the Development Updates section.
This release included several notable changes to RDA Toolkit. Most significant was the addition of National Library of Australia Policy Statements (NLA PS). The full run of the NLA PS is freely available to all and can be found under the Resources tab. The policy statements are linked to the relevant RDA instructions. Orange icons labelled "NLA PS" appear in the RDA instructions and serve as links from RDA instructions to related NLA policy statements. The NLA PS icons are set to display in the RDA text by default, but the links can be turned off in the Toolkit Settings portion of the My Profile page.
We rearranged the My Profile page so that the your documentation and settings are more easily accessible.
For the February release we added a link to the Update Summary tables found in the Revision History section that will take the user to a list of release announcements for the relevant year. This is a step toward giving users easier access to Fast Track and LC-PCC PS documents that explain in detail the full range of changes made to RDA Toolkit content.
We corrected bugs related to the MARC-based linking service used by linking partners. We also resolved the issue that has been causing many users to be logged out immediately after logging in.