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.
Collaboration with Other Communities
A Tool for the Digital World
- RDA was to be a Web-based tool optimized for use as an online product. The result is the RDA Toolkit, which continues to be refined with feedback from users.
- RDA was to be a tool that addresses cataloging all types of content and media
- RDA was to be a tool that results in records that are intended for use in the digital environment, through the Internet, Web-OPACs, etc.
- RDA was intended to result in records with a metadata set of elements intended to be readily adaptable to newly emerging database structures.
RDA Specific Goals
- be easy to use and interpret
- be applicable to an online, networked environment
- provide effective bibliographic control for all types of media
- encourage use beyond the library community
- be compatible with other similar standards
- have a logical structure based on internationally agreed-upon principles
- separate content and carrier data, and separate content from display
- provide numerous examples, appropriate and relevant to the specific instruction