With the May release to RDA Toolkit, RDA: Resource Description and Access became a multilingual standard, and RDA Toolkit became a multilingual website. French and German language versions of RDA are now accessible to all subscribers of RDA Toolkit. In 2012 ALA Publishing, on behalf of the RDA Co-Publishers, entered into an agreement for the French language translation of RDA with ASTED (Association pour l’avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation).
The following post was written by Chris Oliver, Copy Editor for the Rewording of RDA.
The aim of the rewording project was to improve the readability of the text of RDA while preserving the exact meaning and intent of all the instructions. The original RDA had a distinctive rhythm, a consistent style, and a well-planned structure. While working on readability, it was also important to ensure that the reworded text would fit as smoothly as possible with the text that was left unchanged.
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.
We are often asked "who is cataloging in RDA?" This page is intended as a ready response to that important and interesting question. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if there is an institution cataloging in RDA that you feel should be added to this list.
The following institutions have already implemented RDA cataloging:
A more detailed list of institutions cataloging in RDA in Australia is available here.
Last week Cathy Lamoureaux of Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh posted a very helpful collection of RDA documents to AUTOCAT. For those who might have missed this posted, we have included it here with the author's permission. The value of the documents for RDA training is readily evident and requires no further explanation from me.
The RDA Toolkit release schedule for 2013 has been revised. RDA Toolkit releases will take place in May, July, and November in 2013. Releases always take place on the second Tuesday of a release month.
2013 RDA Toolkit Release Schedule
The May release is expected to include French and German translations of RDA as well as the complete rewording of RDA as requested by the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee.
The July release is expected to include the RDA Update from the JSC.
The fourth meeting of the RDA Toolkit Virtual User Group was held online at 9:00 am CDT on March 12, 2013. Troy Linker, Publisher of ALA Digital Reference, led the meeting. Mr. Linker reviewed recent enhancements to RDA Toolkit, including the introduction of the initial reworded chapters, added links in the AACR2 display, and the ability to toggle link sets off and on. Upcoming enhancements were discussed, including the introduction of German and French language versions of RDA. Questions were taken throughout the session.