Continuing the Conversation: RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments

By Daniel A. Freeman |

Earlier today, we held the second session of our three-part workshop, Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future. The session, RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments with Chris Oliver, was a huge success--with more questions than we could answer. The following are some questions for continued discussion. Chris Oliver will be chiming in via comments--please join her.


The following resources for examples were referenced during the presentation

Library of Congress Documentation for the RDA (Resource Description and Access) Test: Examples for RDA - Compared to AACR2

Joint Steering Committee RDA Complete Examples (Bibliographic)/Revised 17 June 2010. 

Below are a few question that Chris will address in comments.

Isn't there always going to be data that is only of importance to those who catalog and manage the data and the object it is associated with? Do patrons need to access ALL DATA? Diane Hillmann suggested in chat that patrons will want their tools to be able to use it. Can you elaborate?

Can libraries that use only minimal-level cataloging make use of RDA?

What is meant by "registration record," e.g. for person?

Can you say more about records from other cultural communities? Will there be equivalents to BIBCO or Conser level records? Or cataloging using Rare Books rules?

What about the translation of regional controlled vocabulary particularly in Spanish?