The migration of RDA Toolkit and the original RDA Toolkit to new servers is currently scheduled for some time during the week of October 25th. You can learn more about the migration and its impact here.
During the month of May work began on transferring RDA Toolkit and related websites to a new server and under the support and maintenance of a new developer. The sites included in this move are access.rdatoolkit.org and orginal.rdatoolkit.org, as well as rdatoolkit.org and rda-rsc.org. All the content currently on these sites will be transferred to the new server. This work will be completed by late October.
If you'd like to explore what RDA's expansion as an international standard means for you and your institution, be sure to watch and attend our most recent webinars:
NARDAC Update Forum (FREE)
Monday, August 30, 2021 at 1:30 to 3:30 PM CDT
Recordings our new available for our two free webinars held July 16th and August 4th respectively. Led by ALA Digital Reference Director James Hennelly, the first free webinar was a one-hour RDA Toolkit Demo covering RDA Toolkit releases and updates introduced since the last demo was presented in January.
This American summer at ALA Digital Reference, access to education is our priority. Forums, webinars, and blog interviews with RDA educators are all scheduled into our autumn.
This year's ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition offers both live and on demand educational programming. While the sessions schedule (in progress) can be viewed here, we'd like to highlight several programs that we think might be especially interesting to the RDA community:
The April 2021 release of RDA Toolkit was published on April 6th. It includes the addition of more policy statements from the Library of Congress - Program for Cooperative Cataloging and the British Library and introduces a small number of Best Practices for the Music Library Association. There are also fixes and minor improvements to existing Toolkit functionality, including the introduction of blue highlight in the yellow Condition boxes to improve visibility.
Now available for purchase on the ALA Store website, Introduction to RDA: A Guide to the Basics after 3R, Second Edition is Christine Oliver’s primer guide to the RDA cataloging standard for library and information science students, records managers, catalogers, and other library professionals. The new print book specifically covers the changes to RDA reflected in the official RDA Toolkit launched on December 15th.