Friday, August 28, 2009

What's New in Cataloging: Resource Description and Access

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is something new to me this month. It was introduced by Mr. Rodolfo Tarlit, UP LIS professor, during the PAARL Seminar-Workshop held last August 26-27, 2009.

RDA: Resource Description and Access is the new standard for resource description and access designed for the digital world. Built on the foundations established by AACR2, RDA provides a comprehensive set of guidelines and instructions on resource description and access covering all types of content and media (

As part of its strategic plan, the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) is working towards a new standard: RDA: Resource Description and Access, scheduled for release at the end of November 2009.

Work on the new standard began in 2004, and in the same year the Committee of Principals for AACR (CoP) appointed Tom Delsey as the Editor. In December 2004 a draft of part I of AACR3 was made available to the constituencies for review. In 2005 a new approach was agreed on, and the decision made to adopt the title: “RDA: Resource Description and Access”. In December 2005, the draft of RDA part I was made available for review. Further drafts of RDA chapters were issued in 2006 and 2007. At the October 2007 meeting, the JSC agreed on a new organization for RDA, see A New Organization for RDA. A full draft of RDA was issued in November 2008.

Each release of a draft of RDA is followed by a period of constituency review. Following the conclusion of the review period, JSC discusses the drafts and all the constituency responses at its next meeting. The decisions taken by JSC and the plans for further action arising from these discussions are communicated as quickly as possible after the meeting in the Outcomes document (

Sunday, August 2, 2009

IFLA-FAIFE Region 02 Seminar on September 3-4, 2009 at SMU

Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI)

Cagayan Valley Region Librarians Council (CaVRLC)

c/o Director of Libraries Office

Saint Mary’s University

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya 3700

July 29, 2009

Dear Colleagues:

The access to the internet has become so easy to every one especially to our information professionals, the librarians, the high school and college students; yet, its use has not always been positive, constructive and valuable to them. Fortunately, guidelines on its access and use have been a continuing concern of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and the Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) Committee. The Philippine Librarians’ Association has been designated to cascade the IFLA Internet Manifesto in our country.

We are, therefore, pleased to invite your librarians and Information Technology Personnel to a two-day seminar on the IFLA Internet Manifesto on September 3 and 4, 2009 at the Aula Maria Hall of the Apo Pilo Building of Saint Mary’s University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

The seminar fee for live-in (one-night) is P1,000.00 and P750.00 for live-out participants. The fee includes 2 lunches, 4 snacks and certificates.

The Cagayan Valley Region Librarians Council (CaVRLC) has requested CHED and DepEd 02 the permission to hold this seminar and to allow the participants to attend on Official Business.

Respectfully yours,


Council President