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The e-forum discussion of RDA training needs focused around four poles:
In many larger libraries staff members are:
In addition to doing many of the things listed above, many smaller libraries (or consortia of smaller libraries) staff members are:
Training tips for professional staff and original catalogers:
Training tips for nonprofessional staff, copy catalogers, and noncataloging staff:
Some institutions are providing identical training for original catalogers and copy catalogers as all staff will perform better with a grounding in theory. Some institutions are also doing a phased-approach to converting to RDA: first accepting copy, and then requiring members to convert original cataloging to RDA after the library becomes more comfortable with it. FRBR presents its own special challenges because of its theoretical nature and complexity. Some libraries have chosen to provide more in-depth training on FRBR to all staff, including copy catalogers and non-catalogers, especially because RDA’s terminology and organization are based on FRBR. Others have found it to be too confusing, impractical, and unrelated to records in the catalog, so have focused on more practical issues, such as the end of the Rule of 3 and changes in capitalization and abbreviation.
Discussion also centered on the training materials available from the Library of Congress. The LC material is comprehensive, but geared toward a specific audience, and many libraries (especially smaller libraries) found it to be too detailed or time consuming. However, larger libraries that are part of cooperative programs (i.e., PCC) are expected to train their original cataloging staff using LC’s materials, and also to complete separate PCC training. Some trainers used the LC materials as the basis for developing customized training materials for their own library. Ultimately, LC’s materials do serve as a sort of standard against which others compared their training, and almost all e-forum participants were aware of and had reviewed the materials at least to a certain extent.
Regardless of how a library approaches the training, most libraries will benefit from developing an implementation plan, and for larger libraries, an implementation team. This team can develop a training plan, determine the resources needed, and lay out the training schedule and goals for each training session. Sole catalogers may wish to join colleagues at other libraries to compare notes, share resources, and generally provide support for each other. Unfortunately, the reduction of the regional OCLC networks has taken away a training option that used to formerly be available, and rural areas and smaller libraries may be the ones to feel this change the most.
General suggestions for trainers:
These resources are free unless otherwise noted.
LC RDA Training materials: www.loc.gov/catworkshop/RDA%20training%20materials/LC%20RDA%20Training/LC%20RDA%20course%20table.html
What is FRBR? (Barbara Tillett (LC)): www.loc.gov/cds/downloads/FRBR.PDF
PCC website: www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/
BIBCO Standard Record Metadata Application profiles: www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/bibco/bsr-maps.html
CONSER RDA handouts: http://login.icohere.com/public/topics.cfm?cseq=1268
ALCTS Cataloging and RDA webinars (long list; archived): www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/cat; YouTube version: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1AAFB573158DC4A1]
OCLC’s Learning About RDA page (free OCLC-related information; fee-based online courses): www.oclc.org/support/training/portfolios/cataloging-and-metadata/rda.en.html
RDA Toolkit Essentials webinar: www.rdatoolkit.org/essentials
RDA Toolkit free trial: www.rdatoolkit.org/trial
RDA Toolkit free post-event trial: www.rdatoolkit.org/posteventaccess
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J. Baga, L. Hoover, and R. E. Wolverton, “Online, Practical, and Free Cataloging Resources: An Annotated Webliography,,” Library Resources & Technical Services 57, no. 2 (April 2013): 100–17. Annotated bibliography of free, online cataloging resources (AACR2, RDA, MARC), including websites, databases, workshop presentations, streaming media, and local documentation; fee-based subscription.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s RDA training website: www.library.illinois.edu/cam/rda/index.html
University of Colorado at Boulder FRBR Discussion blog: http://rarefrontier.org/ucbfrbrdiscussion/
University of Cambridge’s RDA Training materials: http://cambridgerda.wordpress.com/
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Practical RDA Cataloguing e-forum (archived messages): www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=CIG-E-FORUM
Sample Content, Media, and Carrier (CMC) Types (Examples of CMC type combinations for the more popular monograph formats, with variations based on RDA's alternative instructions; Mark K. Ehlert): https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B17huW4VEcKeMzBWZ1lQenJyazg/edit?usp=sharing
RDA in Brief (A distillation of RDA, at least for copy catalogers (work in progress); Mark K. Ehlert): https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B17huW4VEcKeUjJTMnc4WWN1LTg/edit?usp=sharing
Sample RDA and AACR2 records (RDA cataloging for some of the more popular monograph formats; includes AACR2 versions of the same records; Mark K. Ehlert): https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B17huW4VEcKeVGllNXVDNE5hV3c/edit?usp=sharing
Academia.edu page (papers and short presentations (Susan Wynne; some older material may be obsolete): http://gsu.academia.edu/SusanWynne
Lyrasis Cataloging and Metadata online courses (fee based): www.lyrasis.org/Pages/EventDetail.aspx?Eid=16B9E064-B594-E211-8D82-002219586F0D
Pinterest board for collecting RDA information (Cynthia S. Wetzel): http://pinterest.com/pklibrarian/rda-resources-for-librarians/
MarcEdit (with RDA Helper): http://people.oregonstate.edu/~reeset/marcedit/html/index.php
—Moderated by Jennifer Erica Sweda, University of Pennsylvania Libraries and Dr. Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, University of Denver. Kristin E. Martin contributed to this report.
This e-Forum was held May 14 and 15, 2013.
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