Resource Description and Access (RDA) in Cataloger’s Desktop

Contact: Troy Linker

Publisher, Digital Reference



For Immediate Release

March 3, 2010

CHICAGO – The Library of Congress and the Co-Publishers for
RDA (Resource Description and Access) are announcing that
Cataloger’s Desktop subscribers will be able to access the
RDA Toolkit (due in June 2010) via
Cataloger’s Desktop.

Cataloger’s Desktop is the Library of Congress’s integrated, online documentation system for cataloging and metadata resources.
RDA Toolkit is a browser-based, online collection of cataloging-related documents and resources, including
RDA (Resource Description and Access). Used together and available 24-7,
Cataloger’s Desktop and
RDA will represent the current state of the art in cataloging and metadata documentation.

Once users subscribe to both
Desktop and
RDA Toolkit, they will also be able to access
RDA through
Desktop’s search and discovery interface. Hits (including hits in context) will display in
Desktop’s Search Results pane. When subscribers click on a hit in
RDA, they will be taken immediately to the content in the
RDA Toolkit. In addition:

  • Once an
    RDA link is followed,
    Desktop users can access the full functionality of the
    RDA Toolkit (including workflows).
  • Linking from
    RDA to
    LC Policy Statements (the successor to the
    LC Rule Interpretations) will be provided.
  • The developers are working to make it feasible for subscribers to enter their
    RDA Toolkit login information in
    Desktop preferences to access both products seamlessly with a single login.

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RDA Toolkit is published by the Co-Publishers for
RDA (the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and Facet Publishing, the publishing arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). The content of
RDA has been developed in a collaborative process led by the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC). The
RDA project is overseen by the Committee of Principals representing the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the Library of Congress, Library and Archives Canada, the British Library, and the National Library of Australia. For more information about
RDA and the
RDA Toolkit visit

Library of Congress contact: Peter Seligman, 202-707-1314,

American Library Association contact:Â Troy Linker, 312-280-5101,