News & Information

Countdown Clock for Original RDA Toolkit Set for May 2026 jhennelly Tue, 05/23/2023 - 09:44

The RDA Board in consultation with the Copyright Holders of RDA have determined that a hard date for the removal of the original RDA Toolkit website is needed. This determination was made against a backdrop of giving user communities plenty of time for planning in their transition to official RDA. The Board plans to begin a countdown clock in May 2026 (specific date still to be determined), with the removal of the original Toolkit taking place a year later—May 2027. This plan was presented to the RDA Steering Committee last week, and the RSC fully supported this decision.

Teaching RDA in the LIS Classroom: Report and Webinar

In September 2021, Elisa Sze of the University of Toronto was appointed to the position of Education and Orientation Officer for the RDA Steering Committee (RSC). Her charge as EOO is to liaise with LIS educators and instructors across multiple regions, creating an informal network of RDA educators and instructors and feeding the perspectives and needs of the educational community back to the RSC.

Community Resources Plan jhennelly Mon, 10/17/2022 - 15:47

After discussions with the RSC regarding the Community Resources (CR) area of RDA Toolkit, the following plan has been established to address CR structure and services. 

CR Goals and Requirements

Update: Concurrency Reports Now Available

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.

 

Important New Login Information

Due to changes related to the recent site migration, we have encountered a major issue related to profile logins. In order to resolve this issue we have had to make a change to how IP authentication works. Users will no longer be instantly logged into their account with IP authentication. Going forward, to access both the official RDA Toolkit and the original site via IP authentication, you will have to click the login button without filling in a username or password. Here's a quick breakdown on how to login into RDA Toolkit.

Server Migration Update jhennelly Fri, 01/14/2022 - 22:38

UPDATE: As of 3pm CST on January 14th, the migration is complete. 

UPDATE: The migration process is underway. You may encounter a brief disruption to service as the change propagates across the internet. Simply clear your browser cache and refresh. Contact us at rdatoolkit@ala.org if you experience an access issue that lasts longer than an hour.

UPDATE: The migration has been postponed to Friday, January 14th.

A Primer on RDA Application Profiles by Melissa Parent rrobinson Thu, 12/02/2021 - 09:15

In October, Melissa Parent (State Library of Victoria, Australia) presented the ALA Digital Reference webinar RDA Application Profiles: A Practical Guide for the Perplexed.

Q&A with Cataloging for Kids author Michele Zwierski on RDA rrobinson Wed, 07/28/2021 - 18:36

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.

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.