RDA task force to develop implementation plan

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS



For Immediate Release,

December 4, 2007

RDA task force to develop implementation plan

The RDA (Resource Description and Access) Implementation Task Force was created by the Cataloging and Classification Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, in the spring of 2007. The task force began its work in earnest this fall under the leadership of its chair, Dr. Shawne Miksa of the University of North Texas Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences.
Dr. Miksa leads a task force broadly representative of groups interested in what RDA will mean for the library community.
The task force includes representatives from all types of libraries, library educators, OCLC and its affiliated networks, the Library of Congress and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.

The task force is charged to develop a plan for the implementation of RDA: Resource Description and Access in the United States. The major elements comprising this plan will include:

  1. Training/continuing education activities.
  2. Communication with OCLC and the Library of Congress, regarding their implementation plans with regard to both content and encoding and communication of these plans to the broader community.
  3. Consultation with colleagues involved in the implementation of the current AACR2, to identify other planning/implementation needs.
  4. Clarify with CC:DA (The Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access) the process of coordination with MARBI, with regard to potential changes to MARC associated with RDA.

The task force meets at the Midwinter and the Annual Conference and is slated to complete its work by the ALA Annual Conference in 2009. More information about the work of the task force will be available after the 2008 Midwinter Meeting.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.