Learning About RDA - Your Knowledge Path

The Library of Congress (LC) implemented Resource Description and Access (RDA) on March 31, 2013. From this date forward, all newly-created catalog records created at LC are being produced according to RDA instructions. 

While OCLC is not the governing authority for the new Resource Description and Access standards, we are supporting their implementation in WorldCat, and working to help our members understand them.  Below are links to resources to guide you as you learn more about RDA.

I am new to RDA, its concepts, and/or its purpose...

Library of Congress RDA Resources - The Library of Congress' official RDA resource page

Presentation by Adam Schiff, University of Washington - Presentations on the basics of RDA from a respected cataloger


I've decided to catalog using RDA - now I want to know how...


Library of Congress RDA Webcasts (recorded) - Recordings of previous webcasts on RDA from the Library of Congress

Library of Congress RDA Training Modules - The materials used by the Library of Congress in training its own staff

Catalogers Learning Workshop Materials - A collection of training materials from the Cataloger's Learning Workshop


Instructor-Led Training

RDA Courses on the OCLC Training Portal - Instructor-led courses on RDA from OCLC's trusted training partners (fee-based)

I want to know what OCLC is doing in response to RDA

OCLC and RDA - General background on OCLC and RDA

OCLC RDA policy statements - OCLC's official RDA Policy

I am already cataloging using RDA and want resources to make my work easier

RDA Toolkit - A collection of resources to help you catalog using RDA

RDA Courses on the OCLC Training Portal - Instructor-led courses on RDA from OCLC's trusted training partners (fee-based)

Upcoming RDA Classes

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08 August 2017 - 10 August 2017

In this 3-day, hands-on workshop, you will explore the foundations behind RDA, the tools included in the RDA Toolkit. Participants will learn the core elements of a catalog record, key MARC tags, how to assign subject headings, basic authority control and why it is important. (3 days / 2-hour session per day)

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AUG 29

29 August 2017

This class will be online for one 2-hour session. You will receive additional instructions on how to attend this session after registering for this class.

  • Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

OCLC RDA Policy Webinar

Get an in-depth look at OCLC’s RDA Policy Statement. The newly updated OCLC RDA Policy Statement became effective on March 31, 2013

View the recording here