RDA Board

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Internationalization Principles

RDA Board: Commitment to RDA as a global standard

The RDA Board’s vision for RDA is a global standard enabling discovery of content.
Despite ongoing revisions to remove the Anglo-American focus present in the original RDA Toolkit, the Board acknowledges that this perspective remains in some elements and instructions. The Board is committed to improving the international focus of RDA and its work in this area is underpinned by the principles below.

Past members of the RDA Board

Representatives of the Copyright Holders

American Library Association (ALA)

  • Keri Cascio, 2017-2021
  • Mary Ghikas, 2016

Canadian Library Association (CLA)

  • Valoree McKay, 2016

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

  • John Trevor-Allen, 2019-2023 (Chair of the RDA Board, 2021 - 2023)
  • Simon Berney-Edwards, 2016-2018 (Chair of the RDA Board, 2016-2018)

Strategic Plan for RDA 2023-2025

RDA: a global standard enabling discovery of content

RDA: Resource Description and Access is a package of data elements, guidelines, and instructions for creating library and cultural heritage metadata that are well-formed according to international models.

These metadata are intended to support the discovery and identification of resources in library and other cultural heritage collections.

1. Develop RDA as a responsive, flexible and dynamic standard

Board Members

The Board consists of the three RDA copyright holders, National Institution representatives, the Chair of the RDA Steering Committee and a representative from ALA Publishing. The Board also has the flexibility of co-opting two people onto the Board. In addition, the RDA Fund Trustees are able to attend the meeting.