Wednesday, March 18, 2009

RDA was a hot topic at several ALA midwinter conference meetings I attended. RDA will be revolutionize TS workflows/staffing as well as public discovery. The vendor as well as open source communities do not yet have plans for revamping their discovery as well as back modules to accommodate RDA/FRBR (which will impact circ modules, cataloging as well as acquisitions/serials). By the ALA annual conference we will know more.

Here're next immediate steps the profession is taking to implement RDA/FRBR:

* LC, NAL, NLM developing a testing plan (plan finalized 7/09; actual testing to commence Oct - Dec 09)

* vendor community will be involved in testing as ILS, other vendor discovery tools will need to accommodate RDA approach to automated creation of catalog records and FRBR presentation of works/expressions/manifestations

* testing will also include the archivist and metadata communities

* first Q 2010: national libraries as well as vendor community feedback on testing and have a recommendation for implementation --- which will determine individual library's ability to implement RDA (no longer use AACR2)/ FRBR catalogs

* ALA annual will include an RDA preconference (Tillett, Patton, Delsey speakers, moderated by Shawne Miksea). Also will be a half day program during ALA Annual as well.

* ALCTS is developing a clearinghouse of RDA training materials that will include all formats (e.g., web, podcasts, train the trainer events, roadshows, etc.)

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