A new print accumulation of RDA will be issued once all of the reworded chapters are complete (currently expected in mid 2013). All changes made to RDA up to and including the 2013 RDA Update will be included. Annual print updates are expected to this accumulation beginning in mid 2014 and every year thereafter.
Where to purchase RDA: Resource Description and Access
All customers can subscribe to the online RDA Toolkit at: www.rdatoolkit.org/subscribe
Customers in the U.S. and Mexico should purchase RDA print items from ALA Editions.
Customers in Canada should purchase RDA print items from Canadian Library Association.
Customers outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico should purchase RDA print items from Facet Publishing.
This full-text print version of RDA offers a snapshot that serves as an offline access point to help solo and part-time catalogers evaluate RDA, as well as to support training and classroom use in any size institution. An index is included. The online RDA Toolkit includes PDFs, but purchasing the print version offers a convenient, time saving-option.
RDA: Element Set collects relevant information based on cataloging workflow in one place, for ease of use, and offers the full text of selected RDA instructions and examples organized by FRBR and FRAD entity and then alphabetically by RDA element, including sub-elements, element definitions, and related RDA-defined vocabularies. RDA elements are the data elements described by RDA instructions and encoded in formats such as MARC, Dublin Core, and others. Online, the RDA Element Set also offers links to current and evolving encoding standards documentation (currently MARC 21, with others planned over time) and to applicable national library policy statements (currently LC-PCC PS, with others planned over time).
RDA: Element Set is available online on the Tools tab in the RDA Toolkit, and there are plans to release RDA: Element Set in print, organized in two parts (sold as a single package). Part 1, Attributes, would describe the characteristics of the FRBR and FRAD entities, such as ISBN, ISSN, publisher, date of publication, scale, or type of score. Part 2, Relationships, would include data elements that describe the relationships among the FR entities, such as created by, composed by, or subject of, and the index to the entire Element Set.
The print RDA: Element Set would serve an offline access point for the single and partial cataloger institutions to evaluate RDA, as well as support training and classroom use in any size institution. The RDA Toolkit includes printable PDFs, but the snapshot-in-time print version would be a convenient, time-saving option.
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