CHICAGO — In “RDA: Strategies for Implementation,” published by ALA Editions, noted cataloging authority Magda El-Sherbini tackles key questions about how the new cataloging standard will be implemented by cataloging professionals, offering an orientation in the conceptual background and the structure of RDA: Resource Description and Access from a practical and technical perspective, including a detailed comparison with AACR2. Firmly rooted in the concrete application of RDA, with numerous sample records, this book:
- Covers FRBR-driven tasks, FRBR-Group relationships and principles of FRAD, including how FRAD impacts the RDA application;
- Analyzes the roles of manifestations and items, such as pre-cataloging decisions, preferred sources of information and mandatory elements of description;
- Discusses works and expressions for specific library materials, from methods of recording primary relationships to constructing the authorized access point and recording relationships;
- Offers advice for using RDA Toolkit, with tips for efficient navigation in RDA Toolkit using workflows and searching techniques;
- Digs deeply into a variety of technical issues, including RDA’s effect on OPAC displays, implementation of the new RDA fields that represent adding new elements, adjusting systems to accommodate the new MARC21 fields, integrating new records using RDA with older records, when to re-catalog a set of manifestations, exporting an RDA-based bibliographic record from OCLC into the OPAC, choosing RDA elements to describe library materials (core vs. full elements), upgrading OCLC records to RDA and many more.
El-Sherbini is head of The Ohio State University Libraries' Cataloging Department. In this capacity, she oversees the department’s cataloging activities. She supervises the department's four cataloging units as well as four faculty members and their respective staffs. In addition to her administrative duties, she serves on numerous library committees and is the author of numerous library publications. She served as a member of the ALA RDA Advisory Board, which addresses issues related to the online publishing of RDA, tests the product online and provides feedback to the publisher.
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