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April 2020 Beta RDA Toolkit Release jhennelly Mon, 04/27/2020 - 20:31

On April 29th a new release was published to the RDA Toolkit beta site. The release introduces new features and functionality as well as some relocating of RDA content. For a full explanation of notable changes to the RDA text see Notes on the April 29, 2020 RDA Toolkit Release.

A New Playlist on RDA Concepts jhennelly Thu, 04/23/2020 - 00:29

We have added a new series of videos on the RDA Toolkit YouTube channel called RDA Concepts. These are brief videos intended as an introduction to some key concepts in RDA. Both new and experienced RDA users may find these videos helpful as they explain concepts using the RDA Toolkit Beta Site.

Studying Up on 3R jhennelly Mon, 04/20/2020 - 15:26

With many catalogers and metadata specialists working remotely these days, some may find that they have a bit more time on their hands and have an inkling to dive into a topic that has been put off for awhile. This might be an opportune time to dive into the 3R project and the beta RDA Toolkit. In December the beta site will become the official RDA site, and there's plenty of time to get up to speed on the changes to the RDA standard and new Toolkit functionality.

Subscribers: Please Take Our Customer Survey!

As we move closer to the completion of the 3R Project and the December switchover of the beta site, we would like to reinforce our continued commitment to collecting community feedback on the redesigned RDA Toolkit, and our support service during this period of transition. Toward that end, we’ve prepared this four-question survey that should take you just a couple of minutes to complete .

RDA Free Trials and Things to Do While Stuck at Home jhennelly Tue, 03/24/2020 - 13:21

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 jhennelly Tue, 03/17/2020 - 15:56

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.

RDA Workshop Exercises for All jhennelly Fri, 01/17/2020 - 17:02

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.

New Concept Series Returns jhennelly Wed, 12/11/2019 - 14:37

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: