Continuing the Conversation: RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments

By Daniel A. Freeman |


We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future with Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle and Diane Hillmann. Chris Oliver led today’s session, RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments. Here are some questions that came up based on what we discussed today, as well as some resources from the event. Whether you attended or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area with questions or comments--Chris, Karen and Diane will be part of the discussion as well!

  • Does a move to RDA mean we have to re-catalog everything?
  • Is the granularity of RDA—to highlight copyright dates as opposed to print dates or to highlight relator terms for contributors—in response to actual demands from patrons?
  • Can libraries that use only minimal-level cataloging make use of RDA?
  • Does RDA’s emphasis on controlled vocabularies threaten to make it less appealing than it would be otherwise to non-library communities?

You can also chime in on Twitter. The hashtag is #libdata

The preliminary readings for this workshop were:

Karen Coyle: Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata, Chapters 1 and 2

Diane Hillmann, Karen Coyle, Jon Phipps and Gordon Dunsire: RDA Vocabularies: Process, Outcome, Use

(Webcast) Barbara Tillett: What RDA Is and Isn't

RDA Prospectus:

(Presentation with Slides and Notes) Tom Delsey: Moving Cataloguing into the 21st Century.

RDA Scope and Structure

Bowen, Jennifer and David Lindahl. RDA and the eXtensible Catalog.

Chris’s Slides:
RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments
Sources of RDA Records:
Sources of RDA Records