Oliver’s updated introduction to RDA

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/08/2021


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Reflecting the changes to RDA after the completion of the 3R Project, Chris Oliver’s “Introducing RDA: A Guide to the Basics after 3R, Second Edition,” published by ALA Editions, offers a clear, plainspoken explanation of RDA: Resource Description and Access. This essential primer for LIS students, records managers, and catalogers and other library professionals:

  • concisely explains what RDA is, its basic features, and the main factors in its development;
  • describes RDA’s relationship to the international standards and models that continue to influence its evolution;
  • provides an overview of the latest developments, focusing on the impact of the 3R Project, the results of aligning RDA with IFLA’s Library Reference Model (LRM), and the outcomes of internationalization;
  • illustrates how information is organized in the post 3R Toolkit and explains how to navigate through this new structure; and
  • discusses how RDA continues to enable improved resource discovery both in traditional and new applications, including the linked data environment.

Oliver is the head of Metadata and Processing at the University of Ottawa Library. She has been a cataloging manager in academic libraries for over 25 years and has participated in the development of cataloging standards for over 20 years. She has a long history of involvement with RDA, beginning with her years as chair of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing, one of the bodies that contributed to the development of RDA. Then, in 2016, she changed her involvement from RDA development to RDA governance, becoming a member of the RDA Board as the representative of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations. She was chair of the IFLA Bibliographic Conceptual Models Review Group (formerly the FRBR Review Group) from 2013 to 2019. She continues to serve on the Review Group and is also a member of the IFLA Standing Committee on Subject Analysis and Access. She has been invited to give numerous presentations and training sessions on RDA in North America and around the world.

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