We’ve had a lot of questions recently about RDA compliance, RDA readiness, the future of RDA, and even, "what is RDA?" We’ve decided to dive deep into the mystique surrounding RDA and lay it bare for all to see.
First things first. What is RDA? At its core, RDA (Resource Description and Access) is the third revision of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, which have been adapted for today’s world (e.g., Web-based) and not just for printed materials and in a library. RDA is simply a way to take the most recent cataloging standard and move it out of the library-centric, back-office world and make it work in today's Web-centric, Google world.
Some of the key principles are:
- Elimination of Latin abbreviations; rules may remove all abbreviations unless used in the resource
- Serve as a new content standard for description and access
- Function best as an interactive, online tool
- Improve cataloging instructions for non-print resources
- Separate rules for recording and presentation of data elements
- Eliminate redundancy
- Incorporate rules for authority control
The good news is that Lucidea software (Inmagic Genie, SydneyPLUS ILS, DB/TextWorks, Information Manager, Presto, CuadraSTAR) already supports RDA because we provide the flexibility to add fields as needed to meet RDA requirements, and the ability to adapt to an RDA-compliant cataloging process. Our customers are armed and ready for the modern, Internet-enabled world of information management.
Here are some interesting links to provide more background.
http://tinyurl.com/a2bxfy6 (this is a previous post on RDA by our partner SydneyPLUS)