For immediate release | December 26, 2013

'Introducing RDA'

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Introducing RDA, with Chris Oliver. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.

RDA: Resource Description and Access is the new cataloging standard that is replacing the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR). The March 2013 full implementation by Library of Congress and other national libraries has already passed, and libraries are working intensively to familiarize staff about whether they’re going to be simply interacting with records created using RDA or doing original cataloging themselves. In this workshop, Chris Oliver, author of the best-selling "Introducing RDA," will give an overview of RDA and look at the key aspects that make RDA different from AACR2. The workshop is designed to provide background for catalogers before they begin RDA training but will also serve as a refresher for those wanting to brush up on their understanding of RDA.
Topics include:
  • organization of RDA and its key attributes;
  • similarities and differences between RDA and AACR2;
  • basic vocabulary and reasons for the changes;
  • improving resource description and resource discovery.

About the Instructor

Chris Oliver has worked at the McGill University Library since 1989 as a cataloguing librarian and cataloguing manager. Her current position is coordinator of cataloguing and authorities. She received her M.A. and M.L.I.S. degrees from McGill University. She is the chair of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing and has been a member of the Committee since 1997. This has given her the opportunity to be involved with the evolution of RDA from its beginning. She served as a member of the Joint Steering Committee’s Format Variation Working Group and as chair of the RDA Outreach Group. She has given presentations on RDA in Canada, the United States and internationally.

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eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

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