Showing posts from August, 2011

MARC21 as Data: A Start

The forty-five-year-old MARC format, currently at version MARC21, is an obvious barrier to the provision of library services in a web-based environment. There is a growing consensus that the time has come for libraries to move to a new format. We cannot, however, decide on a new data format until we at least have an inventory of the data elements that are carried in our current one. Listing those data elements is not simple: over the years this record format has undergone constant change that has pushed the limits of the record structure and introduced inconsistencies in the way that data is coded. This article describes one person’s attempt to decode the content of MARC21.  Read full article See also: RDA Blog  Home About RDA - Resource Description and Access About RDA Blog RDA Resources Cataloger's Reference Directory RDA Blog Testimonials Follow  RDA Blog  in Social Media:  Google+  |  Facebook  |  Google+ Community  |  Twitter  |  YouTube   |  SlideShare  |  Tumbl

ALA 2011: Some RDA news

News from ALA Conference held in 2011 ALA Conference for  RDA  and  RDA toolkit . The U.S. RDA Test Committee met with vendors, testers, and the public, and summarized the results of the test and the reasoning behind their recent decision. The U.S. RDA Test Committee stated that the "rewrite" of  RDA  will actually be more of a rewording, intended to simplify and clarify some of the instructions. Cataloging practice will not be affected by the rewording. We also learned that the Library of Congress will begin partial  RDA Cataloging  in November. They will catalog across all subject areas and expect  RDA  records to represent about 5% of the library's cataloging output. The National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library will not catalog in  RDA  until full implementation begins. Source:  ALA 2011: Some RDA news See also: RDA Blog  Home About RDA - Resource Description and Access About RDA Blog RDA Resources Cataloger's Reference D


RDA in MARC ( June 2011) MARC 21  Updates 9, 10, and 11 include all changes to MARC for use with RDA   approved  through 2010. The list below has been updated to include changes under consideration in June 2011. Those  not-yet-approved  changes are indicated below as "proposed" or "under discussion", and are linked to their relevant MARBI Proposals and Discussion Papers. View more of this from source: Library of Congress Website RDA Blog  :  RDA Blog  is a blog on  Resource Description and Access  ( RDA ), a new  library cataloging  standard that provides instructions and guidelines on formulating data for resource description and discovery, organized based on the  Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records  ( FRBR ), intended for use by libraries and other cultural organizations replacing  Anglo-American Cataloging Rules  ( AACR2 ). This blog lists description and links to resources on  Resource Description & Access (RDA) . It is an attempt

OCLC policy on RDA

OCLC Policy on Resource Description and Access (RDA) OCLC policy statement on RDA Cataloging in WorldCat for the U.S. testing period and beyond With the installation of capabilities as described in  Technical Bulletin 258 , OCLC has now implemented most of the MARC 21 format changes for initial support of RDA : Resource Description & Access . OCLC has also implemented links to the RDA toolkit for toolkit subscribers in the Connexion Browser and in Connexion Client 2.3. In the U.S., the Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, and the National Library of Medicine coordinated a test that involved those institutions and a group of additional institutions selected from the broader U.S. library community. More information about the  testing process  can be found on the Library of Congress web site. The timeline for the testing included a 90-day period in which testing participants familiarized themselves with the content of  RDA  and the  RDA toolkit , a 2nd 9


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