News & Information

July 2021 RDA Toolkit Release jhennelly Thu, 07/15/2021 - 21:36

The July 2021 release of RDA Toolkit was published on July 15th. It includes the addition of more policy statements from the Library of Congress - Program for Cooperative Cataloging,the British Library and Music Library Association Best Practices. 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.

2022 Pricing for RDA Toolkit Announced rrobinson Mon, 04/19/2021 - 12:02

Effective January 1, 2022, list prices for annual institutional subscriptions to RDA Toolkit - purchased directly through the ALA or the RDA Toolkit website - will range from $197 USD (for 1 user) to $167 USD (for 20 or more users). Our full 2022 list pricing follows:

1 user:                 $197 USD per user

2 to 4 users:        $189 USD per user

5 to 9 users:        $186 USD per user

10 to 14 users:    $180 USD per user

15 to 19 users:    $174 USD per user

20+ users:           $167 USD per user

March NARDAC Forum Recording rrobinson Tue, 03/30/2021 - 12:21

The virtual NARDAC Update Forum was presented on Monday, March 29, at 12:00 noon Central time. Speakers included members of NARDAC (North American RDA Committee) and RSC (RDA Steering Committee).  Involved NARDAC members included Thomas Brenndorfer, Stephen Hearn, Clara Liao, Robert Maxwell, Melanie Polutta, and Thi Bao Tran Phan. 

6 Tips for Teaching the New RDA Toolkit rrobinson Wed, 03/24/2021 - 15:38

Cataloger Kate James is instructor for the ALA's ongoing RDA Lab Series and author of RDA in Practice: A Workbook, which is now available for preorder in the United States.

Interview with Chris Oliver on new book Introduction to RDA

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. 

What You Should Know about the December Switchover

This 3R Project will come to a close with the elevation of the beta RDA Toolkit to official RDA status in December. This "Switchover" (that's what we are calling the move) may be causing some anxiety among Toolkit users, or at least raising some questions in regard to what exactly will happen. The following statements attempt to address some questions users might have and hopefully ease any anxieties there might be.

September 2020 Beta RDA Toolkit Release jhennelly Fri, 09/04/2020 - 15:42

A new release of the beta RDA Toolkit was published on September 16th. 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 September 16, 2020 RDA Toolkit Release.

RDA Lab Series Preview with Instructor Kate James

As we anticipate the start of the RDA Lab Series on Tuesday, June 30th, we thought you’d like to virtually meet its presenter a little early.  Kate James, a cataloging expert and former RDA Steering Committee Examples Editor, tells us about herself and her goals for the upcoming webinars in this feature Q&A.  You can hear more from Kate about all things RDA during the series – which is scheduled to run every Tuesday at 2 PM CDT until December 8, 2020.

Completion of 3R Project jhennelly Tue, 10/15/2019 - 14:44

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.