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 (

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