Introduction to RDA

An ALCTS Webcast.

This introductory webcast on the proposed cataloging rules, Resource Description and Access (RDA), highlights the critical differences between the current cataloging rules (AACR2) and RDA. It is designed as a primer for both front-line catalogers and library administrators in all types of libraries who need to learn how bibliographic and authority records will change when RDA is implemented. The session would be an excellent introduction to record changes for both original catalogers and copy catalogers.

Note: This session does not cover the elements of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Data (FRBR) on which RDA is based nor does it demonstrate the RDA Toolkit interface.

Who Should Attend

This webcast will be of interest to anyone interested in learning more about RDA.


Robert Ellett is the Catalog Librarian at the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia. He is also an instructor for the online LIS program at San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science and a trainer for the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. Robert serves on the ALCTS Cataloging & Classification Section Executive Committee and is a member of the RDA Planning and Programming Task Force. He received his library degree from UNC Chapel Hill and his PhD from the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences at Nova Southeastern University.


How to Register

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Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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For all questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or