Tuesday, 28 May 2013

RDA training - CMD & ANTLC @ TCD 23/5/13

I spent last Thursday getting back in contact with my inner cataloguer, attending RDA training delivered by Keith Trickey at TCD. As always with Keith the scope of the training was broad, with lots of time for working through examples. So now I know how much I don't know about RDA, but how to go about using and sourcing the correct information to do so when the time arises. Topics covered included;

RDA, FRBR, FRAD, FRSAD, RDA Toolkit, AACR2, RDA & FRBR, LOC Resources, LOC PCC Policy, Open Metadata Registry, Workflows, Cambridge University Training Material, RDA <=> MARC, RDA Structure, MARC 21 Concise formats, Additional MARC fields to facilitate RDA, Content designators, relator terms, OPAC implications, BIBFRAME, PAN-Canadian Working Group.

Key points: 

  • My understanding of FRBR from a presentation given by Patrick Le Boeff at an LAI conference a few years ago is sound, I just need to floow my instinct and stop second guessing myself. 
  • The schema is still incomplete and will be for a while (Group 3 entities) 
  • MARC is not designed to carry RDA, so the BIBFRAME project is trying to address this. (Linked data enters the discussion here (Semantic Web etc.)) It may take some time before it is finalised.
  • Additional scholarship will be required of cataloguers using RDA.It will become more subjective, driven by the need of the cataloguing agency and their constituencies. In all likely-hood national bibliographic agencies will become/remain main sources of core records. 
    • What's useful to an academic library may be too much for a public library and vice versa. 
      • Wat's important to the users V lots of detail in the records. 
    • As national bibliographic agencies move into RDA other libraries will be brought along with them. 
  • Descriptive elements go with the item not the manifestation. 
  • LMS must be capable of delivering RDA before you can implement it. 
  • FRSAD is not yet complete so RDA cannot be complete. 
  • Content/ Form/ Media type seems almost to be out of date already.
  • Custodial history is much easier to address, as are dissertations and thesis.
  • RDA uses metric scales. 
  • RDA is updated regularly => consider whether print or online is the best method of access for your library if you adapt it. 
  • Workflows can be your guide.
  • Chief source of information is no longer the title page
    • You might not have the original work but you will need the record to accommodate, expressions, manifestations and items associated with it. 
  • Additional MARC fields have been created to faciltiate RDA, as much as possible. 
    • Control lists do not always agree between MARC and RDA.
    • OPAC may not include search criteria in resluts list - might only be seen in full record. 
  • BIBFRAME @ LOC is attempting to create a carrier for RDA generated data. 
    • Issues will arise when converting from MARC, and MARC for RDA. 
RDA links from and located as a result of this day's training: 

Links to resources, guides. e-mail lists etc, to do with RDA. 

RDA Toolkit
http://access.rdatoolkit.org/Access the structure of RDA and the rules - Subscription (trial access available)
MARC examples - RDA toolkit
RDA training materials from the University of Cambridge.
http://www.loc.gov/marc/RDAinMARC.htmlLibrary of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements (LC-PCC PS)
IFLA - FRBR report
Extensible Catlog
Open Metadata Repository - RDA Element Sets and Vocabularies.
http://rdvocab.info/ published and proposed - can be followed by rss etc.
FRBR RDA & MARC - What's the difference. (LOC presentation)
Bibliographic Record - MARC to RDA - LOC document
Open Archive Initiative http://www.openarchives.org/
MARC 21 format changes to accommodate RDA
Cooperative Cataloging Rules (Open cataloging rules) Alternative discussion.
Special Libraries Cataloging - Cheat Sheet
RDA changes from AACR2 for texts - Barbara Tillett - Web Cat (LOC)
On the RDA toolkit page (link above), click the resources tab and then select Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements (LC-PCC PS). Then select the RDA element you want guidance on. 

I stand to be corrected on any of the above! 

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