ALA Editions names Bloss RDA Project Manager

Contact: Don Chatham


For Immediate Release

October 18, 2005

ALA Editions announces appointment of Marjorie Bloss as the new RDA Project Manager

CHICAGO - ALA Editions is pleased to announce the appointment of Marjorie Bloss, visiting instructor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University, as Project Manager for the development of Resource Description and Access (RDA).

Built on foundations established by the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR), RDA is being developed as a new standard designed for use in a digital environment.

ALA publishes this major cataloging resource in partnership with the Canadian Library Association and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Bloss will coordinate a project team that includes the editor, the chairpersons of the Joint Steering Committee, Committee of Principals and Co-Publishers, and an online/web product developer. She will oversee the development schedule, organize and coordinate consultation with a broad range of cataloging and stakeholder communities, and manage a marketing and communications plan designed to address factors affecting these communities.

Bloss has held a number of academic and administrative positions in technical services, has been active in domestic and international cataloging organizations, including the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and IFLA, has commercial experience as the Manager of Training Services at Endeavor Information Services and the Manager for Resource Sharing for the Marketing and User Services Division at OCLC, and has valuable project management experience in both academic and commercial environments