ALA Digital Reference

ALA Digital Reference is dedicated to helping expand ALA Publishing’s ability to meet users wherever they are in the online environment, and whatever their professional role in the library or school environment. ALA Digital Reference publishes:

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Guide to Reference

The reference librarian’s source of first resort, an authoritative and easy-to-use publication that includes print and web reference resources selected and annotated by the best of the profession. The database is highly searchable and customizable, allowing users to create personal profiles as well as access other user lists and comments. It also offers direct links to WorldCat’s Find in a Library service. This is the first online version of the ALA Guide to Reference Books. Review Guide to Reference.

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RDA: Resource Description and Access in the RDA Toolkit

The RDA Toolkit is the resource to help you transition from AACR2 to RDA—the new, unified standard for resource description and access, designed for the digital world and an expanding universe of metadata users. RDA’s content has been developed in a collaborative process led by the international Joint Steering Committee (JSC). The project is overseen by the Committee of Principals representing the American Library Association (ALA), Canadian Library Association (CLA), Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP, UK), Library of Congress (US), Library and Archives Canada, British Library, and National Library of Australia. The RDA Toolkit is co-published by the ALA, CLA, and CILIP—through its imprint Facet Publishing. Take a look at the RDA Toolkit.