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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.

RDA Toolkit Release - August 19, 2014

A new release of RDA Toolkit was published on August 19, 2014. When there is a new release for RDA Toolkit, it is typically made on the second Tuesday of the month; however the August release was delayed a week in order to ensure the proper display of new content. Releases typically contain changes 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 August release follow.

RDA Toolkit Technical Committee formed

In the interest of addressing open technical issues related to the application of RDA, RDA Toolkit and the RDA Registry, a working group comprising representatives of the developers of RDA and representatives of related bibliographic data schema and system developers has been formed. The group has been named the RDA Toolkit Technical Committee and is tasked with addressing technical issues in the following areas.

A New Phase for RDA Toolkit

With implementation of RDA growing and the rollout phase of RDA Toolkit completed, the Co-Publishers of RDA Toolkit are focusing on a new phase of RDA Toolkit development. Going froward we will seek to improve services and systems used by both subscribers and authoring groups. Dakota Systems has been selected to provide technology services as we make changes to the content management and authoring systems in the coming months. In the coming months we will introduce a new approach to collecting community input on needed improvements to the user experience of RDA Toolkit.

What is an RDA Record?

We here at RDA Toolkit are very excited about "What is an RDA Record?", a forum we are hosting at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. More details below. If you are in the Las Vegas area at that time, we hope you will attend.

What is an RDA Record?

Time: Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center - S220
Presenters: Gordon Dunsire, Deborah Fritz, and Diane Hillmann

Chinese Translation of RDA

The National Library of China Publishing House's translation of RDA is now complete and available at The National Library of China Publishing House's translation of RDA is now complete and available at http://book.douban.com/subject/25890307/.

Best Practices for Music Cataloging Using RDA and MARC21

The Music Library Association's Best Practices for Music Cataloging Using RDA and MARC21 are intended to: provide sufficient guidance for creating and enhancing both basic descriptions (“core records”) and more robust descriptions of musical resources and the musical works and expressions embodied therein; and, be comprehensible and useful to both catalogers transitioning from an AACR2 environment and newly-trained catalogers. These guidelines are arranged by RDA instruction number. Situations pertaining to specific formats are described in the context of the applicable RDA instruction.

RDA Toolkit Release - April 22, 2014

A new release of RDA Toolkit was published on April 22, 2014. When there is a new release for RDA Toolkit, it is typically made on the second Tuesday of the month. This release was pushed back to fourth Tuesday due to number and complexity of changes associated with the RDA Update. Releases typically contain changes 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 April release follow.

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