RDA Update

ALCTS Technical Services Directors of Large Research Libraries Interest Group (a.k.a. Big Heads) ; RDA Update Forum ; CC:DA

John Attig: ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee. He reported there was a successful presentation at IFLA last August. JSC met in March to approve the final draft and send to developers, also plan to discuss how to maintain and update RDA, substantial updates are likely. The period of content development period is finishing, now on to product development.

Beacher Wiggins: Library of Congress, Director for Acquisitions & Bibliographic Control.
He discussed plans for testing by the Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, National Agricultural Library. There was a meeting of potential testers who had expressed interest during the past year; approximately 20 institutions will test RDA. Probably will be at least two persons per testing institution.
The test period commencement is dependent of receiving the test version of RDA online, probably July 2009. Timeline is available at: http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/rda/ The first period will be getting used to the new product, navigating, discovering bugs, etc. The second part will be the formal cataloging test. There will be a control group of materials, between 10-30 titles, that will be cataloged by all participants in both RDA and AACR2. There will also be some non-AACR testers using RDA. The testing will be done in current environment and system functionality, i.e. in whichever ILS the testing institution presently uses, including cataloging directly into OCLC. After the testing period has finished there will be an assessment period to look at several issues including ease of use, workflow development, etc. Vendors and ILS companies will also be involved in testing RDA records for uploading to the utilities. Implementation date cannot be set until after assessment period is over.

Links to numerous presentations are available at: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/jsc/rdapresentations.html

Nannette Naught, Vice President, Strategy and Implementation, Information Management Team (IMT), Inc., gave a demonstration of RDA using screenshots. If you are used to using AACR2 through Cataloger’s Desktop, RDA navigation looks to be similar. A demo was promised for February, but it is not yet active. http://www.rdaonline.org/

Don Chatham: Associate Executive Director, ALA Publishing. He talked about development process of RDA as an online product. We finally have some idea on the price, though this is by no means final. Pricing is hoped to be about the similar to the price of AACR, about $100-$125 per user. He outlined some pricing options:

  1. One time purchase of “basic version” RDA online, does not include extended schemas or updates.

  2. RDA, plus the “toolkit” with workflows.

  3. This option would include all workflows, schemas, tools and resources All of the outside resources including AACR2 and other standards.

The last two options would be an annual cost. RDA is expected to be priced per user, i.e. 1-3, 3-5, 5-9, users, etc. This would be a yearly cost similar to the pricing model of Cataloger’s Desktop. Unfortunately RDA is unlikely to be included in Cataloger’s Desktop when it is initially released. There were several comments from CC:DA members expressing disappointment with this situation, since for many libraries, purchasing both Cataloger’s Desktop and RDA would be a considerable increase in annual costs.

Another area of frustration is the lack of any timeframe for a print version of RDA. The request for a print version goes back several years. Many libraries prefer this format and for some it would be essential due to the lack of connectivity or even the basic computer functionality that most of us take for granted.

Chatham said a print version of RDA would require a new editing process since RDA was designed as an online product. This was not a surprise for those of us who read the draft as it was released in a pdf last November.

Though the midwinter meetings of CC:DA did not discuss RDA content, RDA was still the main topic of discussion. CC:DA submitted its comments on RDA to Mary Woodley, Chair, Cataloging and Classification Section. This report is available on the CC:DA page: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/tas/jca/ccda/index.html and directly accessible at: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/tas/jca/ccda/docs/chair46.pdf

Shawne Miksa, chair of the RDA Implementation Task Force, reported on developing training materials for RDA. There will an all-day program at ALA annual in Chicago with a focus on the concepts and ideas of FRBR and FRAD as the basis for using RDA. RDA, FRBR, and FRAD: Making the Connection
Friday, July 10th, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Speakers include Barbara Tillett, Chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office, Library of Congress; Robert Maxwell, Metadata & Special Collection Cataloging Dept. Chair, Brigham Young University; Tom Delsey, RDA Editor, JSC; Glenn Patton, Director, WorldCat Quality Management, OCLC.
She also talked about an overview of RDA, Look Before You Leap: Taking RDA For a Test-Drive, Saturday, July 11th, from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Speakers include John Attig, Authority Control Librarian, Pennsylvania State University; Nannette Naught, Vice President, Strategy and Implementation, Information Management Team (IMT), Inc.; Barbara Bushman, Head Unit IV Catlg Section, National Library of Medicine; John Espley, VTLS; Shawne Miksa, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas.

This will be free program. CC:DA members commented that it would be prudent to book a very large room for this meeting. Unfortunately this event conflicts with the regular CC:DA meeting time.

Report by Elizabeth Lilker, New York University Libraries
ARLIS/NA Representative to CC:DA

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