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Compilation with the original language and 2 translations : RDA Example

CASE: Compilation with the Original language and Translations in two Languages
Look at the following record from the LC Online Catalog and note the RDA cataloging treatment for preferred title:

010__ |a 2013317195020__ |a 9789350870730025__ |a I-San-2013-317195; 15040__ |a DLC |b eng |c DLC |e rda0411_ |a eng |a hin |a san |h san042__ |a lcode05000 |a MLCSA 2013/01309 (P) |a PK3799.J361001_ |a Jānī, Jayadeva Aruṇodaya, |e author.24510 |a Kathākusumadvāṣaṣṭiḥ / |c Rasarājaviracitā = Rasaraja’s 62 small flowery stories = 62 kathākusuma / Rasarāja- viracitā ; edited with English & Hindi translation by Dr. Gargi C. Pandit, Dr. Kalpana V. Gandhi, Varda A. Vasa, Vaidehi C. Pandit, Kaushalya R. Rajpurohit, Kamakshi H. Jani.24631 |a Rasaraja’s 62 small flowery stories24631 |a 62 kathākusuma264_1 |a Baroda : |b Savitri Prakashan, |c 2013.300__ |a xxiv, 348 pages ; |c 22 cm336__ |a text |2 rdacontent337__ |a unmediated |2 rdamedia338__ |a volume |2 rdacarrier500

How Did RDA Come To Be?

In the late 1990’s the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules decided to make changes for the future of AACR. It realized that the changes that give us a new way to look at our environment also give us new opportunities to improve how we deliver bibliographic information to users.

Resource Description and Access
In 2002, work had begun on a revision of AACR2, called AACR3.  However, by April 2005, the plan had changed.  The reactions to an initial draft raised particular concerns about the need to move to closer alignment with the FRBR model and to build an element set. It was clear that we could not continue doing cataloging the way we always had.  We could no longer produce records in MARC format in systems that could not talk to the rest of the information community.
A new plan was developed and the name was changed to Resource Description and Access to emphasize the two important tasks. Importantly, the Anglo-American emphasis was removed.

Preferred title/Uniform title - MARC to RDA Mapping

NAME240Uniform title240aUniform title6.2.2Preferred Title for the Work240aUniform title6.3Form of Work240aUniform title6.4Date of Work240aUniform title6.5Place of Origin of the Work240aUniform title6.6Other Distinguishing Characteristic of the Work240dDate of treaty signing6.4Date of Work240

240 - Uniform Title (NR) - MARC 21 Bibliographic - Full

240 - Uniform Title (NR)
First IndicatorSecond IndicatorUniform title printed or displayed
0 - Not printed or displayed
1 - Printed or displayed

Subfield Codes$a - Uniform title (NR)$d - Date of treaty signing (R)$f - Date of a work (NR)$g - Miscellaneous information (R)$h - Medium (NR)$k - Form subheading (R)$l - Language of a work (NR)$m - Medium of performance for music (R)$n - Number of part/section of a work (R)$o - Arranged statement for music (NR)$p - Name of part/section of a work (R)$r - Key for music (NR)$s - Version (NR)$0 - Authority record control number or standard number (R)$6 - Linkage (NR)$8 - Field link and sequence number (R)
Nonfiling characters
0-9 - Number of nonfiling characters


The uniform title identifies an item if it has appeared under varying titles. It brings together records for items entered under both personal and corporate names and bearing variant titles. Use for uniform titles that follow the main entry ( field 100, field 110 or field 111). …

Why RDA?

Why RDA?
Let’s first encounter head-on the questions from those who ask: “Why we don’t just amend AACR2 again, like we used to?”
To address such questions, we need to: Examine the current cataloging environment -- and how it continues to evolvePerceive how Resource Description and Access (RDA) is an improvement over AACR2 as a tool for that environment
The Cataloging Environment
Catalogs are no longer isolated within the walls of an institution. Bibliographic data from any source can now be integrated into the wider Internet environment. New kinds of links can be made, and new displays can be generated for users from data packaged in new ways -- all of it on a global scale in multiple languages and scripts. These can be called ‘linked data systems.’  We now have the technology to provide global connection anywhere that computers can operate.  That includes the digital connections of cell phones or smart phones with Internet connections to link to any user -- any place -- any time.
The inform…


Question: I have seen some of the OCLC records coming with relationship designator “Joint author” for collaborative works, can retain the term as it is or change it to “author” because as such there is no term called “joint author” is defined in the Appendix I2.
Answer:“Joint author” is not in Appendix I, so we have to use “author” instead. As discussed in the document via we are supposed to use terms from Appendix I. Guideline 4 does provide for exceptions for element names (for example “creator” or “producer”) if they are more appropriate.

Number of Bibliographic Volumes Differing from Number of Physical Volumes - Questions and Answers

Question: AACR2 says If the number of bibliographic volumes differs from the number of physical volumes, give the number of bibliographic volumes followed byinand the number of physical volumes: 8 v. in 5. How will we treat this in RDA.

Answer: Relevant RDA rule is given below from RDA Toolkit.

RDA rule3.21.2.8 is for "Number of Bibliographic Volumes Differing from Number of Physical Volumes"

According to this rule it should be given in MARC as:

300 $a 5 volumes
500 $a 8 bibliographic volumes in 5 physical volumes

Please note that is revised. Earlier it was numbered as

Note: Serials are exception.

[Revised: 2015-02-04]

Distributor's Name - Questions and Answers

Question: I have a book on which distributor statement is given as "Distributed by National Book Trust". Now the MARC 264 field with second indicator 2 stands for Distribution statement. So how should we transcribe distributor statement.
i) National Book Trust
ii) Distributed by National Book Trust

Answer: Distributed by National Book Trust

According to RDA Rule for "Statement of Function" you have to Record words or phrases indicating the function performed by a person, family, or corporate body as they appear on the source of information.

Edition statement - MARC to RDA Mapping

NAME250Edition statement250aEdition statement2.5.2Designation of Edition250aEdition statement2.5.6Designation of a Named Revision of an Edition250bRemainder of edition statement2.5.3Parallel Designation of Edition250bRemainder of edition statement2.5.4Statement of Responsibility Relating to the Edition250bRemainder of edition statement2.5.5Parallel Statement of Responsibility Relating to the Edition250bRemainder of edition statement2.5.6Designation of a Named Revision of an Edition


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