Sunday, August 18, 2013

RDA Purpose and Scope

RDA provides a set of guidelines and instructions on recording data to support resource discovery.


The data created using RDA to describe a resource are designed to assist users performing the following tasks:(1)

find—i.e., to find resources that correspond to the user’s stated search criteria

identify—i.e., to confirm that the resource described corresponds to the resource sought, or to distinguish between two or more resources with similar characteristics

select—i.e., to select a resource that is appropriate to the user’s needs

obtain—i.e., to acquire or access the resource described.

The data created using RDA to describe an entity associated with a resource (a person, family, corporate body, concept, etc.) are designed to assist users performing the following tasks:(2)

find—i.e., to find information on that entity and on resources associated with the entity

identify—i.e., to confirm that the entity described corresponds to the entity sought, or to distinguish between two or more entities with similar names, etc.

clarify—i.e., to clarify the relationship between two or more such entities, or to clarify the relationship between the entity described and a name by which that entity is known

understand—i.e., to understand why a particular name or title, or form of name or title, has been chosen as the preferred name or title for the entity.

RDA provides a comprehensive set of guidelines and instructions covering all types of content and media.

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LC-PCC PS for 0.0 (table of contents only--click above icon to go to complete text)

PURPOSE AND SCOPE

This Policy Statement, covering several areas of pre-cataloging decisions, represents LC practice/PCC practice except where a statement is noted only as LC practice.

Determining Mode of Issuance
Mode of Issuance: Integrating Resource?
Mode of Issuance: Monograph vs. Serial
Situations Requiring Further Consideration
Change in Cataloging Decision: Monograph/Serial

Determining Number of Records
Edition or Copy of Book
Supplementary Materials
Serial Supplements to Other Serials
Indexes to Serials
Serial Cumulations
Serials Issued in Parts
Reprinted Issues of Non-Newspaper Serials
Newspapers
Loose-Leaf Services

[Source: Based on instructions from RDA Toolkit]