ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future

By Patrick Hogan |

With the launch of the RDA Toolkit, the new content standard, RDA: Resource Description and Access, is hitting libraries. A couple dozen libraries are formally testing, many more are experimenting and exploring. Generally speaking, catalogers have followed RDA’s development more closely than the broader metadata community and library technologists. Wait and see has been a rational stance. Now the question is what  can you do with RDA, because it’s about more than creating a MARC record.

ALA TechSource is pleased to announce the three-part workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future. Presenters Karen Coyle, Chris Oliver, and Diane Hillmann will offer a perspective on RDA from the context of metadata models and with an eye toward sharing library data.

Session 1: New Models of Metadata, led by Karen Coyle. October 27, 2010. 2:30 p.m. EDT

Learn the about sharing metadata on the Web and early experiments in library data and RDA. Topics include:

  • Semantic Web concepts
  • FRBR - the library world’s model
  • Application profiles
  • Transforming library data

Session 2: RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments, led by Chris Oliver. November 10, 2010. 2:30 p.m. EST

Learn about RDA’s place on a continuum  from legacy data to greater interoperability. Topics include:

  • RDA as AACR2 deconstructed
  • Alignment with the conceptual models, FRBR and FRAD
  • RDA as a flexible and extensible framework
  • Recording data that is human readable and machine actionable
  • Distinguishing  between recording data and encoding or presenting data
  • Implementing RDA in libraries:  the point of transition

Session 3: RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web, led by Diane Hillmann. November 17, 2010 2:30 p.m. EST

Learn about the RDA Vocabularies and the Open Metadata Registry project. Topics include:

  • RDA Vocabularies in relation to the instructions
  • The Open Metadata Registry and the RDA Vocabularies   
  • The Structure of RDA Vocabularies
  • Continuing work  of the DCMI/RDA Task Group

The cost of the series is $135. To purchase access and register go to the ALA Store.