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Spanish RDA Update

Just a quick update on the status of the Spanish translation of RDA. The translation is nearly complete and when published will be current with the RDA through the April 2014 release. Unfortunately it will not be part of next week's February release, as we are still doing some proofing and testing of the content on our staging site. We will not wait to publish the translation with the April release, but rather make it available on RDA Toolkit as soon as it is ready. Right now we anticipate that will be some time in early March.

RDA Toolkit Release - February 17, 2015

A new release of RDA Toolkit was published on February 17, 2015. 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.

Instructions for bringing examples of Jane-related resources to the Jane-athon

We are looking forward to seeing all who have registered at the Jane-athon on January 30, 2015, in Chicago.

In preparation for that session, if you are planning on bringing any examples of Jane-related resources with you, we have prepared some best-practices guidelines on bringing those examples, and they are available here: http://rballs.info/topics/p/jane/janex.html.

We hope that you will bring at least a few resources (the real things or facsimiles), but if you cannot, come anyway; we hope to have plenty to share around.

Jane-athon Participant Information form

We would like know a little about our Jane-athon participants so that we can organize everyone into balanced teams with a range of skills and knowledge and to ensure that the day is a comfortable and productive one for everyone involved.

We ask that you please complete and submit the following questionnaire at your earliest convenience. Below you will find four questions regarding your knowledge of Cataloging, RDA, RIMMF, and Linked Data. There is no requirement that you have any minimum level of competence in any of these subject areas.

Fun with Dick and Jane (and RDA): Creating linked data for Jane Austen and Blade Runner

You’ve heard about hackathons--but have you ever heard of a Jane-athon? Drawing on the hackathon model of bringing people together to explore new ideas by setting them to task equipped only with software and their collective gumption and enthusiasm, ALA Publishing and the RDA Development Team announce the first ever event designed to catalog Jane Austen resources with software specifically designed to use RDA: Resource Description and Access.

RDA Toolkit Release - October 14, 2014

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

Presentations on RDA status and perspectives 2014

The presentations given at the IFLA Satellite Meeting RDA: Resource Description and Access – status and perspectives 2014 are available on the website of the German National Library.

Three Tips for Bibliographic Descriptions on Library Websites

The following is a guest post from Deborah Fritz, a principal in the firm of TMQ, Inc. (The MARC of Quality) and part of the development team for RIMMF (an RDA data creation tool based on the constrained RDA elements).

A recent article, titled “3 tips for product descriptions on websites”, and posted in the 02 September 2014 issue of OCLC Abstracts is geared towards marketing products via the web, but should, I think, be required reading for all creators of bibliographic metadata (catalogers) and their library colleagues and administrators.

August Release of Toolkit Publish Date Set

The Co-Publishers of RDA have set the August Release of RDA Toolkit for Tuesday, August 19th. The release will include an update of the German translation of RDA that will make the translation current through the April 2014 Update of RDA. The new translation will include all changes to RDA since the May 2013 release of the initial German translation. These changes include the rewording of RDA in 2013, the July 2013 and April 2014 RDA Updates, and all Fast Track changes through April 2014.

RDA Committee of Principals Announces Governance Review

At their 2014 meeting the Committee of Principals (CoP) created a new vision and agreed four Strategic Priorities that will form the basis of their Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

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