Diversity of Data: RDA in the international context

Diversity of Data: RDA in the international context

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:10

Presentations for this event can be found here: rdatoolkit.org/IFLA

Event: Diversity of Data: RDA in the international context

Date: Thursday 23 August

Location: University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), Azman Hashim Hall

About the event
This one-day conference is organised by the RDA Board and will be held on 23 August 2018 at the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), Azman Hashim Hall, Kuala Lumpur. 

Who should attend?
The Conference will benefit both RDA users and non-users and will cover the latest developments in the RDA cataloguing standard, providing a forum for discussion, learning and sharing. There will be a focus on the potential of RDA for libraries in non-English speaking countries and information about the latest developments in the RDA standard and the Toolkit. 

Content of the program
There will be sessions on the international uptake and implementation of RDA, with speakers from around the world highlighting different implementation experiences. Acknowledged experts in the RDA world will give an in-depth demonstration of the new RDA Toolkit and explore RDA in a multilingual world where cataloguing traditions and practices may vary from country to country. There will be presentations on features that support translations, RDA’s ability to accommodate local practices in a global context and its potential for use in a linked data environment

The program will feature speakers from around the world with the opportunity to meet and network with experienced RDA implementers.


Registration for this event is required.


The closing date for registration is Monday 23 July 2018.


Diversity of Data: RDA in the International Context

Thursday 23 August 2018

University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), Azman Hashim Hall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



8.30-9.00 am

Registration opens at University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), Azman Hashim Hall Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra, 54100 Kualal Lumpur



Conference Session 1 - RDA in the international context



Chris Oliver, RDA Board 


Tales from the field: RDA implementations around the globe

Leading libraries share their experiences, challenges and outcomes at their institutions and in their country or region.


Beacher Wiggins, Library of Congress, USA

Anisatul-Wahidah Abdul Wahid, National Library of Malaysia   

Rania Osman, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

Ricardo Santos, Biblioteca Nacional de España

Annelyn C. Lim, University of the Philippines


Morning tea including meeting the implementers 


Implementing RDA in Oceania and Southeast Asia: results of a survey

Monika Szunejko, National Library of Australia 


Building regional RDA organizations

Overview of RDA governance - Amelia McKenzie, National Library of Australia and RDA Board

Taking the first steps: Latin America - Ángela Quiroz Ubierna, Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile

EURIG – the European RDA Interest Group – Renate Behrens, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek 


Question and Answer session

The morning’s speakers are invited to join a Q & A panel session to answer questions from the audience. Facilitated by Chris Oliver, RDA Board.


12.30-1.45 pm

Lunch (on site)


Conference Session 2 - Accommodating diverse data


Toolkit demonstration

James Hennelly, Director, ALA Digital Reference



Gordon Dunsire, Chair, RDA Steering Committee


How does the new infrastructure of RDA facilitate translations? This presentation highlights the features that support translations and the tools available to benefit RDA communities.



Accommodating local cataloguing traditions in a global context

Gordon Dunsire. RDA Steering Committee

Ebe Kartus, RDA Wider Community Engagement Officer



Afternoon tea with opportunity to try out the Toolkit



Looking to the future: cataloguing data in the linked data environment 

Ebe Kartus, RDA Wider Community Engagement Officer


Wrap-up, final questions, and closing remarks

Amelia McKenzie, National Library of Australia and RDA Board



Speaker Bios

Amelia Mckenzie

Assistant Director-General, Collections Management, National Library of Australia, Australia


Ángela Quiroz  (by video)

Bibliotecaria, Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile, Chile


Ángela Quiroz is a Librarian and Teacher. She has been working at the Library of Congress of Chile since 2010. In the first years she worked at the Digital Resources Area and nowadays she works at the Cataloguing Section and Authority Control. The Library of Congress of Chile is the National Institution Representative of Latin America and the Caribbean Region on the RDA Board, period 2017-2019.

Anisatul-Wahidah binti Abdul Wahid

Senior Librarian, National Library of Malaysia, Malaysia

  • 17 years' experience in cataloguing since joined National Library of Malaysia

  • Involved in various cataloguing projects:

    • Data Conversion Project from MALMARC to MARC 21

    • Development of National Union Catalogue of Malaysia

    • Customised Local Cataloguing Standard to conform with RDA Standard
    • Provide consultation to librarians in Malaysia how implement RDA standards at their respective agencies
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) For National Cataloguing Section

  • Corresponding Member for IFLA Cataloguing Section - 2015 to date

  • Committee Member for several publications related to cataloguing

  • RDA Malaysia Guideline (Customised local cataloguing standard to confirm with RDA Standard)

  • Malaysian Subjection Heading: Extension to LCSH

  • Malaysia's Cataloguing Entries Standard: Name of Person

  • Malaysia's Cataloguing Entries Standard: Name of Corporate Bodies

  • The Malay Honorary and Title Lists


Annelyn C. Lim

Head Librarian, Cataloging and Metadata Services Section, University of the Philippines Diliman, The Philippines


Beacher Wiggins

Director for Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access, Library of Congress, United States


  • Director for Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access since June 2004

  • Manage a staff of approximately 400 and budget of over $90 million

  • Acting Associate Librarian for Library Services, 2002-2003

  • Entire library career at Library of Congress, starting in 1972 as a cataloger

  • Assistant to Henriette D. Avram, Associate Librarian for Library Services (developer of the MARC format), 1986-1991

  • Active in ALA (American Library Association) and IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions)

  • Currently leading the BIBFRAME initiative at LC

  • Member of RDA Board

  • Received undergraduate degree from Howard University, 1970

  • Received M.A. degree in library science from University of WisconsinMadison School of Library & Information Studies, 1972

  • Received the ALA's Melvil Dewey Medal for distinguished contributions to library technical services, 2013


Chris Oliver

Head, Metadata and Processing, University of Ottawa, Canada

Chris has been a cataloguing manager in academic libraries for over 25 years. She has been involved with the development of cataloguing standards for over 20 years, especially through her work as a member of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing. Currently, she is a member of the RDA Board, representing the Canadian Federation of Library Associations, one of the three RDA copyright holders. She is also the Chair of the IFLA Bibliographic Conceptual Models Review Group (formerly the FRBR Review Group) and a member of the IFLA Standing Committee on Subject Analysis and Access.


Ebe Kartus

RDA Wider Community Engagement Officer


Gordon Dunsire

Chair, RDA Steering Committee

Gordon Dunsire is Chair of the RDA Steering Committee, and has been involved in the development of RDA for twenty years. He is a member of several IFLA bibliographic standards groups, and he received an IFLA Medal in 2016 for his work in linked data and the Semantic Web.


James Hennelly (by video)

Director, ALA Digital Reference, American Library Association, United States

James Hennelly is the director of RDA Toolkit. He has worked in reference publishing for twenty years and holds an MLIS degree from Dominican University.


Monika Szunejko

Director, Libraries Australia, National Library of Australia, Australia

Monika Szunejko is a member of the Australian Committee on Cataloguing, serves on the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Board of Directors, and is the Director, Libraries Australia at the National Library of Australia. In these roles her focus is on making metadata work for people, serving the Australian library community, and connecting libraries to the Australian National Bibliographic Database to achieve their goals.


Rania Osman

Head, Libraries of the Future Section in the Innovation, Research and Technology Department, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt


  • Having 17 years of experience in different work area including cataloguing and classification, collection development and materials section, Authority files, and different integrated library systems like VTLS and Millennium

  • Holding the position of Vice Chairman for the MENA-IUG steering committee (Middle East and North Africa - Innovative User Group).

  • Leading many translation projects; developing Arabic Versions of the 23rd edition of DDC and the five formats of MARC 21 in both printed and online versions and recently developing an Arabic version of the RDA Toolkit.

  • Obtained a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from University College London (UCL)

Renate Behrens

Librarian, Office of Library Standards, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Germany

Renate Behrens is a Librarian in the Office for Library Standards in the German National Library, she is the head of the Expert group for Library Standards in Austria, Germany and German-speaking Switzerland, the EURIG representation for the German National Library, member of the IFLA Committee on Standards and the IFLA Cataloguing Section and the European Region Representative to the RDA Steering Committee (RSC)


Ricardo Santos

Director, Departamento de Proceso Técnico,Biblioteca Nacional de España

Since 2017, Ricardo is the Head of Technical Services Department at the National Library of Spain. BNE's Technical Services Department in in charge of leading the RDA implementation. Before that, he was Head of Coordination and Standardization Service.

He is also the BNE Representative at International or national bodies: IFLA's Cataloguing Section, VIAF Council, Spanish Library Cooperation Committee.