RDA: Resource Description and Access is a package of data elements, guidelines, and instructions for creating library and cultural heritage resource metadata that are well-formed according to international models for user-focused linked data applications.

RDA was created by the RDA Steering Committee (formerly the Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA) as part of its strategic plan (2005-2009) to replace the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd Edition Revised, which were first published in 1978.

RDA continues to be developed and improved in a collaborative process led by the RDA Steering Committee. RSC gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the many institutions and individuals who have generously given their time and energies to the creation of RDA.

RDA was developed in line with a set of objectives and principles which are informed by the Statement of International Cataloguing Principles. Read RDA Objectives and Principles

About RDA Toolkit

RDA Toolkit is an integrated, browser-based, online product that allows users to interact with a collection of cataloging-related documents and resources including RDA: Resource Description and Access. RDA Toolkit is published by the RDA Copyright Holders.

About the RDA Copyright Holders

RDA and RDA Toolkit are published by the RDA Copyright Holders:

  • American Library Association
  • Canadian Federation of Library Associations
  • CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

About the RDA Board

The RDA Board is responsible for all policies and programs relating to RDA, the publication of revisions and new editions, and the affairs of its subordinate bodies.

In this capacity, the Board oversees the publication of RDA, reviews developments and progress of the RDA Steering Committee, reviews the state and application of the RDA Fund, determines future programs of work for the RDA Steering Committee, and determines all questions of constitution, terms of reference and conduct of the RDA Steering Committee and Trustees. Learn more about the RDA Board at http://rda-rsc.org/rdaboard.

The RDA Board comprises the representatives of :

  • the three Copyright Holders 
  • the six designated geographic regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania) 
  • the Chair of RDA Steering Committee
  • Director of the ALA Digital Reference

About the RDA Steering Committee

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) is authorized by the RDA Board with the responsible for updating and maintaining the content of RDA. Detailed information about the RSC and their process is found on their website http://www.rda-rsc.org.

The RSC includes:

  • RSC Chair
  • RSC Secretary
  • RDA Examples Editor
  • RDA Wider Community Engagement Officer
  • Chair of the RDA Technical Working Group
  • Chair of the RDA Translations Working Group
  • Representatives of the six designated geographic regions
  • Director of the ALA Digital Reference

ALA Digital Reference

RDA Toolkit is a developed and managed by ALA Digital Reference, a unit of ALA Publishing.

The ALA Digital reference staff includes...

James Hennelly

Ramon Robinson
Marketing & Sales Manager

Jennifer Gongorek
Administrative Assistant

RDA and RDA Toolkit Copyright Statement

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You are free to copy, distribute, and otherwise share screen images of RDA Toolkit for educational purposes, including training, classroom or online teaching, presentations, review, evaluation, internal library use, and handouts for related activities. You may not use RDA Toolkit screen images for commercial gain, and may not alter, transform, or build upon them without written permission from the Copyright Holders.

Each use of an image from RDA Toolkit should be attributed as follows:
"Screen image from the RDA Toolkit (www.rdatoolkit.org) used by permission of the Copyright Holders for RDA (American Library Association, Canadian Federation of Library Associations, and CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals)".

RDA Toolkit License Agreement

The RDA Toolkit License Agreement is available for review as a PDF. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for the license agreement.