RDA and serials cataloging
For Immediate Release
American Library Association
CHICAGO — Serials and continuing resources present a variety of unique challenges in bibliographic management, from special issues and unnumbered supplements to recording the changes that a long-running periodical can experience over time. “RDA and Serials Cataloging,” published by ALA Editions, eases occasional serials catalogers and specialists alike through the transition to RDA: Resource Description and Access. By showing the continuity with past practice, serials cataloging expert Ed Jones frames the practice within the structure of the FRBR and FRAD conceptual models on which RDA is based. With serials’ special considerations in mind, he:
- Explains the familiarities and differences between AACR2 and RDA;
- Demonstrates how serials catalogers’ work fits in the cooperative context of OCLC, CONSER and NACO;
- Presents examples of how RDA records can ultimately engage with the Semantic Web.
Jones has been cataloging serials, on and off, since 1976, and over the years has authored several scholarly papers and made numerous presentations on serials cataloging, the FRBR and FRAD conceptual models and RDA. He has been a member of the CONSER Operations Committee, on and off, since 1981, and recently served as an RDA advisor. In 1995, he received his doctorate in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is currently associate director for assessment and technical services at National University in San Diego.
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