News & Information

Statement on Instruction Numbering

The publishers of RDA Toolkit and the RDA Steering Committee have been closely monitoring feedback on the new RDA Toolkit beta site. Based on comments provided via the online form, public forums, and various discussion lists, it has become clear that the absence of instruction numbers is challenging for some users, especially those involved in cataloging training and education. This issue does not come as a surprise to those of us involved in the 3R Project. It is one we have been discussing and debating for the last two years.

Where to Find Examples in the Beta Toolkit

We have heard from some users that examples have been few and far between. Because the RDA text is still a work in progress on the beta site, it has been difficult to write examples. When the 3R Project is complete we expect there to be many more examples in the new Toolkit as compared to the original one. Also the new Toolkit will feature new types of examples, including examples for recording methods, relationship examples, and examples in context. The attached list will guide users to instructions with a variety of examples.

A Deeper Dive into RDA

At the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle last month, members of the RDA Steering Committee were able to host a three hour event titled "A Deeper Dive into RDA" The time slot and venue was generously donated to the RSC by the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access.The presentations and subsequent question and answers sessions were recorded, and the recordings have been posted on the RDA YouTube channel

The event included the following presentations.

News from the RSC Meeting

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) met in October on the campus of McGill University in Montréal, Québec. This week the RSC posted key documents describing the events and outcomes of that meeting. The most important outcome of the meeting is the announcement that  the English language version of the revised RDA standard will stabilize in April 2019. Learn more about the RDA stabilization and the RSC meeting in the following documents. 

RDA Colloquium in Mexico City

An international group of librarians met in Mexico City earlier this month to discuss RDA and its future in Latin America. The 1er Coloquio sobre RDA en América Latina: Retos de la implementación del nuevo RDA Toolkit en las bibliotecas de América Latina (First Colloquium on RDA in Latin America: Challenges of Implementing the new RDA Toolkit in Latin American Libraries) was held at the Biblioteca Nacional de México and the included presentations by cataloging leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and of course Mexico.

Outreach Event in Montréal

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) met on the campus of McGill University in Montréal during the week of October 22-26 (more on this meeting to come). Before the start of the meeting, the RSC took part in an outreach event at the the Grande Bibliothèque, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BANQ). The event was entitled The redesigned RDA Toolkit: what you need to know to get ready and was conducted as a bilingual event with presentations in both French and English with simultaneous translation available to attendees.