Wednesday, February 26, 2014

RDA Terminology

Listed below are some of the main differences in terminology between AACR2 and RDA. Some of the changes reflect our turning away from the catalog card environment, while others reflect terminology in the FRBR/FRAD models and the International Cataloguing Principles.

authorized access point
“heading” reflects outmoded ‘catalog-card-speak’
author, composer, artist, etc.

main entry
preferred title and, if appropriate, the authorized access point for the creator
“main entry” reflects outmoded ‘catalog-card-speak’, related to cards in a file cabinet
uniform title
Two RDA counterparts:
1.      the preferred title and any differentiating information;
2.      a conventional collective title such as “Works”

see reference
variant access point

see also reference
authorized access point for related entity

physical description
carrier description

general material designator
three elements:
1.      content type
2.      media type
3.      carrier type
GMD was an inconsistent presentation of different categories of information
chief source
preferred sources
This is not only a change in terminology; ‘sources’ have been expanded from a single source to multiple sources

[Source: Library of Congress]