Ask an RDA expert: Bibliographic description

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/08/2014


Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Ask an RDA Expert: Bibliographic Description with Adam Baron, May Chan and Marcia Salmon. This workshop is formatted as an open forum that will last three hours and take place at 2 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Central on Friday, April 25, 2014.

Join colleagues across the world for a unique opportunity to engage informally with a group of RDA: Resource Description and Access experts to ask questions and get answers based on others' experience and knowledge.

This three-hour open forum allows you to drop in at your convenience to obtain and share information on the RDA-related issues that matter most to you. The panelists will focus on

  • bibliographic description;
  • monograph cataloging;
  • transitioning to RDA;
  • best training resources.

Bring your questions about these topics, carrier types, publication statements, preferred titles and more. During the forum, we'll also take questions on other general RDA topics.

Stay for 20 minutes or stay for the full three hours—this is your chance to get your RDA questions answered!

About the Presenters

Adam Baron is the bibliographic access librarian at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, where he has been a leading force in implementing RDA. As a trainer for the Pan-Canadian Working Group on Cataloguing with RDA, he has co-presented RDA training sessions for staff and librarians in Ontario and Quebec. Baron also presented on “Implementing RDA at Your Library” at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in January 2014, and his article “Changing cataloguing standards: Implementing Resource Description and Access (RDA)” will be published in the forthcoming issue of Argus.

May Chan is cataloguing manager at Burnaby Public Library and a Pan-Canadian RDA trainer for the BC cataloguing community. She has also taught cataloguing at the UBC School of Library and Information Studies and for the Library and Information Technology program at the University of the Fraser Valley. Chan is also an active participant of the BC Technical Services Interest Group (BCCATS) and the Code4Lib BC regional group.

Marcia Salmon is a cataloguing librarian at the Scott Library at York University. She specializes in providing access to serials and electronic resources. She also contributes to reference services at the Steacie Science and Engineering Library at York University.  Her research interests include cataloguing training, providing access to electronic content, open access and institutional repositories.

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