RDA Toolkit Release – May 14, 2013

A new release of RDA Toolkit was published on May 14, 2013. 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 May release follow.

Content Updates

RDA: Resource Description and Access has been translated into French and German. These translations were added to RDA Toolkit with the May release. A subscription to RDA Toolkit will grant all users access to all three language versions of RDA. See more on this topic under “Development Updates” below.

The release contained Fast Track changes and corrections from the JSC. Details on these May changes and past changes can be found on the JSC site in the Secretary Document Series. The release also included revisions to RDA-MARC bibliographic and authority mappings.

Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements (LC-PCC PS) were revised and updated, primarily to record decisions made by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). A complete list of the revised LC-PCC PSs is available on the Library of Congress website.

This release also included the final publication of “reworded” chapters. In 2011 the US RDA Test Committee recommended implementation of RDA on the condition that several goals be met, including a rewording of the RDA text so that it would be clearer and more accessible to its cataloging audience. This release included the remaining reworded chapters (Chapters 6, 9-11 were published in December). The rewording was done by Chris Oliver and reviewed by both the JSC and in part by the US RDA Test Committee. Learn more about the rewording process from Chris Oliver.

The RDA Toolkit Help Guide was revised and updated.

Development Updates

With the addition of the French and German language versions of RDA, the user interface of RDA Toolkit has been translated to include French and German language text. The default language for RDA Toolkit users is determined by the language setting of the user’s browser. So if your browser is set for German or French, you will automatically see the German or French language version of RDA Toolkit. If your browser is set for English or any language other than French or German, you will automatically see the English language version of RDA Toolkit. Users can override the browser default language setting in their profile page. Learn more about setting your language preference on RDA Toolkit.


The release included corrections to several minor typos and bugs in the RDA Toolkit user interface.

Next Release

The next RDA Toolkit release is scheduled for July 9, 2013.