Global Standard, Local Choices - The New RDA Toolkit (A free webinar from Core)

Tuesday, 4/20/2021
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

The multi-year RDA 3R Project concluded in December 2020, with the "beta" Toolkit becoming the official version of RDA. One outcome of the 3R Project is that the instructions contain a significant increase in the number of options and other choices that cataloging agencies or catalogers must make, based on their interest in maintaining current cataloging practices, their implementation scenario, their collections, and their users’ needs. RDA has been developed to support the inclusion of regional and/or local guidance for catalogers, ranging from application profiles and policy statements to additional vocabularies and local documentation.

RDA Steering Committee Chair Kathy Glennan will discuss the ways that regional and local cataloging agencies can implement their guidance into the Toolkit, providing catalogers with the practical information they need.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this webinar, the attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between "base RDA" and supplemental guidance available in RDA Toolkit.
  • Identify the different ways to include regional/local guidance in RDA Toolkit and the benefits associated with each choice.
  • Explain what types of content can be found in the Toolkit's "Community resources" section.

Who Should Attend

Catalogers, cataloging policy creators, and cataloging trainers all need to understand how the new version of RDA can work for them.


Kathy Glennan currently serves as the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the University of Maryland. She has over 35 years of experience cataloging scores and audio recordings. Since 2005, Kathy has focused on the development of RDA: Resource Description and Access, with a special emphasis on music cataloging instructions. Kathy contributed to the implementation of a new governance model for RDA, including the establishment of the North American RDA Committee, for which she served as a founding member in 2018. Kathy commenced her four-year term as RSC Chair in January 2019.

Kathy has given numerous presentations on RDA, FRBR, LRM, and MARC Formats issues, including four ALCTS webinars relating to RDA. Many of her presentations are available via her University web page.



FREE! This webinar is being offered at no charge as a courtesy to Core members and the library community as a whole.

This webinar is being recorded. All attendees will receive the link to the recorded session so if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.

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