Keeping Current: Resource Description and Access (RDA) Cataloging

by Adrith Bedore Bicchieri, Head Editor, INALJ Nevada

Keeping Current: Resource Description and Access (RDA) Cataloging

inaljJan2013If you’ve been out of library school awhile, you may or may not be thinking about how far out of date the concepts and coursework you worked so hard on have become in the intervening months.

Many things may not have changed very much, but in some quarters, things are about to change a great deal. Cataloging, for example. The Library of Congress is about to switch from producing original cataloging in AACR2 format to producing original cataloging in RDA (Resource Description and Access) format. Other national libraries, such as the National Library of Medicine in the US and the British, Canadian, and Australian national libraries, are also expecting to implement original RDA cataloging in the first quarter of 2013.

If you are interested in cataloging as a possible direction for your library career, you may be interested in learning about this new cataloging method.



The Library of Congress Catalogers’ Learning Workshop has made their RDA training materials available online, complete with training plan.



ALA and ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services) have created a number of webinars on RDA, and have made them available for free on YouTube:



North Carolina State University, a participant library in the US testing of RDA which continues to produce original cataloging in RDA, has made their RDA resources available online at with the proviso that some documents may be behind a campus intranet, requiring a password, etc.



If you’ve encountered other great RDA resources, please share them in the comments on LinkedIn here:

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