A new release was pushed to the live site of RDA Toolkit on October 9, 2012. 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 news feed to get notification of releases.
The details of the Ocotber release follow.
The release contained Fast Track changes from the JSC, as well as corrections and new glossary terms for element vocabularies. Details on these October changes and past changes can be found on the JSC site in the Secretary Document Series.
Library of Congress Policy Statements (LCPS) was revised and updated, primarily to record decisions made by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). This past spring the Library of Congress and the PCC announced a plan to coordinate efforts on the development of policy statements for RDA cataloging. This update included the second step in that collaboration and a name change for the policy statements (see Development Updates below). A complete list of the revised LCPSs is available on the Library of Congress website.
The Help Guide was revised and updated.
The most obvious change in this release is the name change of Library of Congress Policy Statements, also known as LCPS, to Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements, or LC-PCC PS. This change reflects the new collaboration between the Library of Congress and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging that is described above. All the references to past Library of Congress Policy Statements have been replaced with the new title, and the familiar green LCPS icon has been replaced with a new LC-PCC PS icon. The new icon has remained green, and LC-PCC PS pages have retained the green tint of their predecessors.
With this release RDA Mappings to bibliographic encoding (MARC and MODS) are now freely available without a subscription to RDA Toolkit. All visitors are able to view the RDA to MARC bibliographic and authority mappings and to the RDA to MODS mapping. RDA Mappings are found under the Tools tab in the left column of RDA Toolkit.
A number of bugs were fixed in this release, most notably an adjustment to highlighting of hits in search results. Now when you exclude examples from your search, you will not see highlighted hits in the examples. You can read more about these bugs and other site changes on our development blog.
The next RDA Toolkit release is scheduled for December 11, 2012. There is no release scheduled for November 2012.