For immediate release | May 22, 2012

ALCTS presents RDA at Annual

CHICAGO—RDA (Resource Description and Access), the new cataloging standard, will be implemented in the U.S. national libraries in March 2013. There has been much written and discussed about RDA and the implementation by libraries across the U.S. and internationally. As libraries prepare for RDA, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has scheduled important sessions, including a preconference, programs and interest group presentations at this year’s Annual Conference in Anaheim. All the sessions are designed to help you learn more about RDA. Search cataloging and RDA in the Event Planner. Here is what you can look forward to:

How does RDA affect authority records?

Not familiar with RDA authorities? Did you know that implementing RDA means creating authority records to support the FRBR/FRAD relationships? At "A Change in Authority: Authority Work in the RDA Environment," an ALCTS preconference, learn to assign MARC 21 data for name authorities: persons, families, corporate, conferences, places, including preferred titles for works and expressions, with focus on the new MARC 21 fields that can be used now with AACR2! Presenters Ana Lupe Cristán, cooperative catalog specialist, Library of Congress, and Paul Frank, cooperative cataloger, Library of Congress, will teach you to create authority records in the RDA environment from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012, convention center 207D. Register now on the ALA Annual Conference website. Fees: ALCTS Member $219; ALA Member $269; Student Member $99; Retired Member $99; Non-Member $319

What progress is being made towards rewriting and implementing RDA?

Find out more by attending the RDA Update Forum from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012, in convention center 304AB, for the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) RDA Conference Forums and Programs Task Force "RDA Update Forum." Panelists will outline steps being taken in preparation for implementation of RDA. Presenters include: Beacher Wiggins (Library of Congress), Linda Barnhart (chair, program for cooperative cataloging), Glenn Patton (OCLC), John Attig (Joint Steering Committee), Sally McCallum (MARC Advisory Committee) and Troy Linker (ALA Publishing).

What are some nonMARC implementations of RDA?

The "Transformation: Revenge of a “Fallen” Code. Morphing our Current MARC Reality into a New RDA-enabled Future" panel from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012, in convention center 213AB, highlights the ongoing adventures of library metadata specialists caught in a war between an outdated code of the past and the developing frameworks of the future.

What lessons were learned during the development and testing of RDA?

RDA has been on an intensive development cycle for this important new standard. But now what? Now that the “rubber is hitting the road,” where do individual implementers begin? Can we build upon lessons learned by RDA’s early collaborators? Join us from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, in convention center room 204C for "The AIR We Breathe. Borrowing Lessons From RDA Development To Train For Your Next Triathlon" to hear about lessons learned during the development cycle. Presenters include: Barbara Tillett (LC & JSC chair), Chris Oliver (RDA Advocacy Committee, RDA copy editor, RDA author and trainer), Nannette Naught (IMT), Deborah Fritz (Marc of Quality), and Troy Linker (ALA Publishing).

How will RDA work in your ILS?

It is time to hear from the vendors that design our integrated library systems and bibliographic utilities. What changes will vendors make to accommodate changes introduced in RDA? How will these changes impact library staff workflows and ultimately the library user's experience? Come listen to vendors from Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Sirsi-Dynix, Ex Libris, SkyRiver, TLC, Follett and Capstone discuss their development plans and timelines for implementing required changes during the "How Will RDA Impact Your System?: A Forum Of Vendors Discussing Implementation Plans" session from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2012, in convention center room 204B.

Are you curious about what the world is thinking about RDA?

You need to attend RDA Worldwide, an ALCTS Program, at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2012 in the convention center, room 304AB. Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new guidelines for library cataloging and metadata creation, is intended for use in an international context. RDA is also very much a work in progress. To what extent has RDA succeeded in going beyond AACR2's Anglo-American context? How is implementation now proceeding in different world regions, and what are the potential impacts on developments in the United States? Speakers: Christine Frodl, head of cataloguing standards, German National Library; Ageo García, Latin American Librarian, Tulane University; Chris Todd, team leader, Cataloguing Team 1, National Library of New Zealand and Kai Li, librarian, Capital Library of China.

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Charles Wilt

Executive Director I

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

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