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Subscribers: Please Take Our Customer Survey! rrobinson Mon, 03/30/2020 - 12:43

As we finalize the new version of RDA Toolkit, one thing we’d like to do is fully consider any feedback our subscribers might have on their experiences of the product and our service to date.  Toward that end, we’ve prepared this four-question survey that should take you just a couple of minutes to complete on average.

RDA Free Trials and Things to Do While Stuck at Home

During this period where many, many folks are staying at home and either working remotely or just trying to be productive in some way, we have a few options to offer.

Extended Free Trials

Starting today, free trials of RDA Toolkit will run for 60 days instead of 30. If you signed up for a free trial in the last 30 days, you will still get the extra 30 days. If you had a free trial a long time ago, no worries. You can still sign up for a 60 day trial. 

Searching the Beta Toolkit jhennelly Thu, 03/19/2020 - 14:21

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.

Accessing RDA Toolkit Remotely

During this period of concern about the COVID-19 virus, more and more people are working at home or at some other remote location while their institution is closed. Fortunately, RDA Toolkit is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection and a subscription. Now seems like a good time to remind our users how to access RDA Toolkit remotely.

Connecting to the Current RDA Toolkit (access.rdatoolkit.org)

The current RDA Toolkit can be accessed from anywhere with an Account ID and Password

A Minor Update to the Beta RDA Toolkit jhennelly Fri, 02/07/2020 - 00:32

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.

New Concept Series Returns

RDA Online Orientation Series

RDA is bringing back the New Concept series that debuted last July. The series is part of the RDA Online Orientation Project that provides an introduction to the many changes to RDA and RDA Toolkit introduced during the 3R Project.  

The New Concept Series of five webinars explores both new entities introduced by the IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM) and other key concepts. This series includes the following presentations:

Marketing Resources Now Available

You can find RDA-related marketing materials as downloadable PDFs now available on our website. This new tab has been added to the above toolbar located on the far right-hand side or simply click here. On this page, you can find materials in different languages with other languages soon to be added. Feel free to submit a request if you want to see materials in a language not yet listed to: rdatoolkit@ala.org.

Completion of 3R Project

Current Status

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.

3R Accessibility Goals Met

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.