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
26 October 2016 - 28 October 2016
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)
08 November 2016 - 10 November 2016
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)
15 November 2016 - 17 November 2016
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)
30 November 2016 - 02 December 2016
This workshop teaches participants how to catalog videos and DVDs using such tools as RDA and Library of Congress Subject Headings Manual. (3 days / 2-hour session per day)
21 February 2017
This third session in the Introduction series will focus on discussing the key differences in cataloging vocabular and workflows brought about by the new cataloging standard--RDA (Resouce Description and Access).
18 April 2017
This third session in the Serials series will focus on the key changes that the new cataloging standard, RDA (Resource Description and Access), brings to serials cataloging considerations.