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
RDA Courses on the OCLC Training Portal - Instructor-led courses on RDA from OCLC's trusted training partners (fee-based)
Upcoming RDA Classes
13 October 2015 - 15 October 2015
In this hands-on workshop, you will explore the foundations behind RDA, the tools included in the RDA Toolkit and leave with a better understanding of how to transition from AACR2 to RDA. (3 days / 2-hour session per day)
21 October 2015 - 23 October 2015
Copy Cataloging of Sound Recordings Using RDA. (3 days / 2-hour session per day)
10 November 2015 - 12 November 2015
In this 3-day, hands-on workshop, you will explore the foundations behind RDA, the tools included in the RDA Toolkit and leave with a better understanding of how to transition from AACR2 to RDA. 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)
18 November 2015 - 20 November 2015
This workshop teaches participants how to catalog sound recordings (CDs, MP3s and cassettes, both musical and nonmusical), using such tools as RDA and Library of Congress Subject Headings Manual. (3 days / 2-hour session per day)
01 December 2015
This class will be online for one 2-hour session using our online workshop software. You will receive additional instructions on how to attend this session after registering for this class.
08 December 2015 - 10 December 2015
This hands-on workshop teaches participants how to original catalog archives using such tools as the RDA Toolkit, the Library of Congress - Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements and Library of Congress Subject Headings Manual. (3 days / 2 - hour session per day)
15 December 2015 - 17 December 2015
Original Cataloging of Digital Resources (Virtual/Internet Resources and Video Games) using RDA (MCLS)
This hands-on workshop teaches participants how to original catalog digital resources using such tools as the RDA toolkit, the Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements, and Library of Congress Subject Headings Manual. (3 days / 2 - hour session per day)