Planning and preparing for RDA: Resource Description and Access

For Immediate Release
Thu, 12/18/2014


Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Planning and Preparing for RDA: Resource Description and Access. Roman S. Panchyshyn will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Feb. 2, 2015.

There are already many catalog records “in the wild” that are compliant with RDA: Resource Description and Access. Now is the perfect time for anyone involved in cataloging and technical services to prepare and put plans in place for implementing RDA. An active participant in development of the RDA instructions, Panchyshyn will lead this four-week, asynchronous eCourse to help you get started.

After taking this eCourse you will be able to:

  • explain the conceptual difference between AACR2 and RDA;
  • draft cataloging policies and procedures;
  • create a staff training plan;
  • draft an RDA implementation plan;
  • craft strategies for communicating about RDA throughout the library.

eCourse outline

Week 1: Comparing RDA with AACR2

  • Conceptual differences
  • Differences in process
  • Differences in records

Week 2: RDA now 

  • Planning for copy cataloging RDA records
    • Staffing
    • Cataloging policies & procedures
    • Library management systems
  • Who to train and type of training to implement now

Week 3: RDA in your future: Cataloging operations 

  • Factors to consider in deciding when to adopt
  • Training issues
  • Library management systems implications
  • Managing a database with both AACR2 and RDA records

Week 4: RDA in your future: The rest of the library 

  • What to discuss with your administrator
  • How to help other operations prepare
  • Acquisitions
  • IT
  • Circulation and interlibrary loan (ILL)
  • Preservation
  • Selection
  • Reference

About the Instructor

Roman S. Panchyshyn is catalog librarian and assistant professor at Kent State University Libraries. He is co-author of the article “Understanding the Why: A Case Study in Managing the RDA Implementation” (2014). He has published on the topic of RDA display issues and has a forthcoming article on RDA Enrichment scheduled for publication in January 2015. He serves as co-chair of the ALA ALCTS Catalog Management Interest Group, as vice-chair of the OhioLINK Database Management and Standards Committee (DMS) and as co-coordinator of the NACO Ohio Funnel. His research interests include RDA and technical services staff training.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on Feb. 2, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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