The RDA Toolkit Workshop: A Crash Course was held twice (morning and afternoon sessions) on Friday, January 24th at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel. The workshop debuted a new approach to RDA orientation that seeks to explain changes to the standard and the Toolkit related to the 3R Project and LRM alignment through practical exercises and interaction with the beta RDA Toolkit.
With the April and September 2019 releases to the RDA Toolkit beta site, the RDA text has been stabilized and the site has met project goals for accessibility and revision reporting. This wraps up 3R work on the English language version of the standard and the site. The focus of work has shifted to translations and the development of policy statements and application profiles. Translations are well under way with expectations that nine translations will be published in the next 15 months.
One of the most important goals of the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project (commonly known as the 3R Project) was to bring the site into compliance with current accessibility standards. More specifically the goal was to reach a AA rating according the the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. After the stabilization of the standard in April of this year, the beta site underwent a full evaluation by an independent consulting firm which returned a list of accessibility issues with the beta site.
Join us on Monday, August 19th for a 90 minute workshop on Teaching RDA After 3R with Brian Dobreski. Geared toward LIS instructors responsible for teaching RDA as well as practitioners who perform staff training, this webinar covers strategies for introducing students to the new RDA Toolkit. This webinar addresses how to teach students to use the new Toolkit, with an emphasis on how to navigate RDA and understand its setup, how to find what they need, and how they can take advantage of new functionality important to learners.
We have heard from some users that examples have been few and far between. Because the RDA text is still a work in progress on the beta site, it has been difficult to write examples. When the 3R Project is complete we expect there to be many more examples in the new Toolkit as compared to the original one. Also the new Toolkit will feature new types of examples, including examples for recording methods, relationship examples, and examples in context. The attached list will guide users to instructions with a variety of examples.
The RDA Toolkit YouTube channel has a lot to offer to RDA Toolkit subscribers and the RDA curious. There are recordings of presentations, introductions to new RDA concepts, and training videos for the redesigned Toolkit. The latest addition to the channel is a series of videos that provide guidance and tips on conducting searches in the beta site.
On February 7th a new minor release was published to the beta RDA Toolkit. The release is almost entirely comprised of fixes to the functionality of the site, including corrections to the Citation numbering service and search, and adjustments to improve the performance of the user-created content tools (bookmarks, notes, and documents). Submenus have been added to Guidance and Resources dropdowns to improve ease of navigation through the beta site.
The 90-minute webinar that aired on May 10th is now available in Spanish on our YouTube page. The webinar reviewed the impact of the April 30th update to the beta site. Presenters included:
Kathy Glennan, Chair of RDA Steering Committee
James Hennelly, Director of RDA Toolkit
The presentations are available below:
The September 5, 2019 release to the beta RDA Toolkit included the introduction to the Revision History section of the Toolkit.This new section of the Toolkit is meant to more effectively address users' need to track and comprehend significant changes to the RDA standard. This section is very much a beta version itself and any feedback on how it might be approved is welcome.
On September 5th a new release was published to the beta RDA Toolkit. The release features significant developments to the site in regard to accessibility and revision tracking.