Now ready for listening and viewing on our YouTube channel, the latest RDA Toolkit demo is an English-language refresher on the features and functions of the official RDA Toolkit. It covers navigating and searching the official RDA Toolkit, current features and functions of the official RDA Toolkit site, and some tips for getting the most out of it. ALA staff can answer questions in response to the demo in the Comments section of the YouTube upload, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
A new release of RDA Toolkit was posted on September 28, 2022. It included updates to both the English and Finnish versions of RDA. There were a handful of minor changes to the English RDA text related to RSC approval of two proposals at its July meeting. The Finnish translation was updated to make it current with the English language version in this release. Policy statements from the Library of Congress - Program for Cooperative Cataloging, the British Library, the Music Library Association Best Practices, and the Suomalaiset linjaukset were also updated.
Please register for the October ALA eLearning webinar Cataloging Video Resources with RDA and MARC21: Best Practices here.
Produced by ALA eLearning, this two-part webinar series takes place Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27, 2022, starting at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific. Each session will last 90 minutes.
UPDATE: RDA Toolkit concurrency reporting is now available through the LibLynx admin site. How to access LibLynx is described below. Once you are logged in you can select the Usage Control tabs. There you will find graphs tracking daily peak concurrency over the past 30 days and monthly peak concurrency for the past 12 months. Currently these reports cannot be exported to a spreadsheet, but that capability will be added soon.
ALA Digital Reference's webinar series continued Monday, August 1, 2022 at 11 AM CT/Chicago time with Damian Iseminger's virtual iteration of his #ALAAC22 program RDA Linked Data Forum. Damian presented on how RDA and RDA Toolkit are now optimized for linked data environments in the wake of the 3R Project and answered related questions from the audience live. The webinar recording is now available.
RDA educational programs sponsored by the American Library Association will be presented at ALA Annual in Washington, DC June 24th through June 27th.
A new release of RDA Toolkit was posted on June 22, 2022. It included updates to both the English and Finnish versions of RDA. The changes made to the English text of RDA for this release were almost entirely editorial (correcting typos and other minor corrections). Policy statements from the Library of Congress - Program for Cooperative Cataloging, the British Library and Music Library Association Best Practices were also updated. The Finnish translation of RDA was updated to make it current with the March 2022 release of English RDA.
The following article was written in April 2022 by Kate James, instructor for the 2022 RDA Lab Series - which commences virtually this month. Learn more about the series here.
Use Cases for Official RDA
by Kate James
This year's RDA Lab Series will consist of six modules, each consisting of four 60-minute sessions. Sessions will take place on Thursdays at 12:00pm Eastern/11:00am Central/10:00am Mountain/9:00am Pacific starting on April 28, 2022.
The RDA Lab Series is designed to help participants understand how to apply the new RDA and RDA Toolkit created by the 3R Project. This series will provide hands-on experience using the new RDA and RDA Toolkit with an RDA Lab application profile.