For immediate release | February 9, 2023

Core Forum Webinar Series: The New and Official RDA Toolkit: A Practical Approach

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is pleased to present the four-part webinar series “The New and Official RDA Toolkit: A Practical Approach” in March 2023. Originally presented as an in-person preconference for the 2022 Core Forum, this webinar is geared toward catalogers, metadata librarians, and anyone interested in Resource Description and Access (RDA). Core members and non-members are welcome to attend.

The four-part series “The New and Official RDA Toolkit: A Practical Approach” covers the basics of the official Resource Description and Access (RDA) Toolkit that one should know before using the standard and presents how to use the RDA Toolkit with other cataloging documentation, including policy statements and Metadata Guidance Documents (MGDs). Specific examples and detailed steps will be demonstrated in the presentations to help users understand not only the content structure of RDA in a comprehensive way but also ways to use the Toolkit with the assistance of cataloging documentation.

The series consists of the following four live webinar presentations:

Official RDA: A Standard for Our Changing Times

Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 1:00pm – 2:00pm Central Time

Presenter: Kathy Glennan, RDA Steering Committee Past Chair, Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Title Proper in the Official RDA Toolkit

Thursday, March 16, 2023, 1:00pm – 2:00pm Central Time

Presenter: Thomas Brenndorfer, Former NARDAC Rep to the RDA Steering Committee, Chair, Canadian Committee of Cataloging, Cataloger Librarian, Guelph Public Library, Guelph, ON, CA

RDA, Policy Statements, and MGDs: How the Documentation Works Together

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 1:00pm – 2:00pm Central Time

Presenter: Melanie Polutta, Project Leader, LC-PCC Policy Statements for the RDA Toolkit, Cataloging Policy Specialist, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Describing a Person Using Official RDA

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 1:00pm – 2:00pm Central Time

Presenter: Robert L. Maxwell, Senior Librarian, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Register for the full four-part series here.

Four-Part Series Registration Fees:

$174.47 - Core Member

$215.10 - ALA member

$239 - Non-member

Individual Webinar Registration Fees:

$57.67 - Core Member

$71.10 - ALA member

$79 - Non-member

How Do I Purchase Group Registration?

You can register a group by specifying the number of people who will be accessing the webinar during checkout. We offer discounts for webinar based on the number of registrations you specify in checkout. If you are a Core member, you can purchase seats for yourself and your colleagues at the Core discount rate; ALA's new e-Learning store allows you to extend the Core member savings with colleagues at your institution.

Can't attend the live event? No problem! All registrants will receive a link to the recorded session for later viewing at their convenience.

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Mia Blixt-Shehan

Continuing Education Assistant

American Library Association

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures