Friday, November 21, 2014

RDA Tookit Release (October 14, 2014) : Changes in and Revision of Resource Description & Access and LC-PCC PS

A new release of the RDA Toolkit was published on Tuesday, October 14.  This message will cover several points you should be aware of related to the release. 

TOPIC 1: Changes in RDA Content
TOPIC 2: Change in Content in LC-PCC PSs
TOPIC 3: Additional Content in the RDA Toolkit

TOPIC 1: Changes in RDA Content

This update only contains  “Fast Track” changes that are relatively minor (these are not flagged in the RDA text with revision history icons).  The linked file 6JSC-Sec-13.pdf contains a complete listing of the Fast Track changes. You’ll note that many of the changes are to examples, including moving some examples to more appropriate instructions, replacing some examples, and adding initial articles to some preferred and variant titles, etc.—note that the addition of the initial articles are intended to exhibit the base instruction at RDA, and that LC/PCC practice is to  OMIT initial articles (per, Alternative, etc.), so do not interpret the revised examples as a policy change.

There are also some new and revised relationship designators for use in Appendices I, J, and K including these:

book artist
graphic novelization of (work)   Reciprocal relationship: adapted as graphic novel (work)
adapted as libretto (work)  [replaces basis for libretto (work)]
adapted as novel (work)  [replaces novelization (work)]
adapted in verse as (work)  [replaces verse adaptation (work)]
digested as (work)  [replaces digest (work)]
modified by variation as (work)  [replaces musical variations (work)]

TOPIC 2: Change in Content in LC-PCC PSs

A summary of LC-PCC PS updates incorporated in this release is linked (LCPCCPS_changes_2014_October.doc).  The changes are fairly minor, except for some revisions/new statements requested by the music cataloging community (e.g.,,,, Alternative).  Some information previously held only in the Descriptive Cataloging Manual section Z1 has moved to policy statements (e.g.,, for profession and/or occupation). Another minor change is related to, well,  “minor changes”!  The PS for introduces a new category for minor changes to corporate body names--the addition, omission, or fluctuation of a frequency word(e.g., annual, biennial) in a conference name.

TOPIC 3: Additional Content in the RDA Toolkit

This release will include the addition of British Library Policy Statements (BL PS). The BL PS icons will be set to display in the RDA text by default, but the links can be turned off in the Toolkit Settings portion of the My Profile page (if you have created your own profile).

The documents attached to this email may also be found on the Web:
[Source: Dave Reser, LC PSD]

[Note: Above message was addressed to Library of Congress catalogers, but it is also a good source for other libraries and cataloging librarians as well]

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