Recommended Daily Allowance: RDA

Please forgive the post title, there are not many puns to be had in cataloguing acronyms. This is a non-23 Things post, and so should possibly come with a health warning for anyone reading who is not a cataloguer!

This weekend I attended the seminar on RDA in Europe: making it happen! (note the chirpy exclamation mark, which pretty much sums up the atmosphere of the whole event). The seminar was organised by JSC, the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA and EURIG, the European RDA Interest Group, a body that does not yet officially exist but which elicits a huge amount of interest in Europe and beyond, as evidenced by attendance at Sunday’s event. I’ve been thinking a lot about RDA since the launch of RDA Toolkit and it was a good opportunity to spend some time with other people who are also thinking about it.

Most of the people speaking and attending were moving on the IFLA 2010 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Yes, that’s a note of envy you can detect. For this reason, it might take a while for the slides of the various presentations to appear online (though this has been promised) and so I’m going to wait to write up a proper summary of the event until I can link to slides.

I did want to say that it was a very interesting overview of general interest in and attitudes towards RDA in many different countries in Europe. There was also an extremely useful, detailed summary of the US national libraries’ testing of RDA which begins in October 2010 as well as another chance to look at RDA Toolkit, which has inspired me to go back in with my open-access subscription and play about with it some more.

There is a growing body of training material, example records and other RDA-related documentation online so I’ll link to some of it in lieu of any further summary from me. I’m finding this very helpful in understanding exactly what RDA may mean for our cataloguing practices and workflows.


2 comments so far

  1. Girl in the Moon on

    Thanks for writing up this interim report, and for explaining and having links for some of the acronyms (like JSC and EURIG). Sometimes conference reports can assume that the reader knows all about the conference already, and that’s so frustrating if you’re reading to try and find out who ALPHABETSOUP actually are!

    And thanks for the links to the various examples pages, too. It’s so much easier to start to understand the changes when there are old vs new comparisons to look at.

    I’m not a book cataloguer (at the moment, perhaps), but cataloguing is still such a fundamental part of library work (not everyone does it, but almost everyone uses catalogues of some kind) that I’m really interested in where we’re headed. Some of the articles I’ve read have been too vague to supply any real answers, but personal views like this are much more satisfying!

    I’ll stop now.


  2. […] Posted September 7, 2010 Filed under: Cataloguing | Tags: cataloguing, eurig, jsc, rda | I have already briefly discussed the RDA in Europe seminar I attended last month. However, since the presentations have now been made […]

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