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RDA Blog or Resource Description & Access (RDA) is a blog on Resource Description and Access (RDA), a new library cataloging standard that provides instructions and guidelines on formulating data for resource description and discovery, organized based on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), intended for use by libraries and other cultural organizations replacing Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2). RDA Blog lists description and links to resources on Resource Description & Access (RDA). It is an attempt to bring together at one place all the useful and important information, rules, references, news, and links on Resource Description and AccessFRBR, FRAD, FRSAD, MARC standards, AACR2, BIBFRAME, and other items related to current developments and trends in library cataloging practice.

Author: Salman Haider


RDA Blog HistoryRDA Blog is the first and oldest blog exclusively devoted to Resource Description and Access  (RDA). RDA Blog was created by Salman Haider, a Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, Wikipedian, Blogger & Online Social Media Expert from India. RDA Blog embarked on its journey to provide useful information about Resource Description and Access (RDA) in August 2011. It received good response from librarians, catalogers, and library professionals from all around the world. It is interesting to note that the first hundred thousand page views to RDA Blog came in 3 years, but it took just 8 months to reach another hundred thousand page views. As per RDA Blog Traffic Stats [2016-01-26] RDA Blog is viewed more than 400000 times in 167 countries all around the world, chiefly being the United States. At present, it is viewed at a rate of fifteen to twenty thousand times per month. RDA Blog is widely followed in social media, referred by major universities, libraries, and library schools, cited in books and articles, and trusted as an authoritative source on Resource Description and Access (RDA) cataloging rules.
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The standard has an associated blog, resourcedescriptionandaccess.blogspot.com, [12][13] The blog is an attempt to bring together at one place the information, rules, references, news, and links on Resource Description and Access, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD), FRSAD, MARC standards, AACR2, Bibliographic Framework Initiative[14] and other items related to current developments and trends in library cataloging practice. RDA blog includes links to RDA training resources.[15]
The blog  has a collection of short posts on best practice LC-PCC guidelines.[16] The blog  became more active after the Library of Congress announced RDA implementation date to be March 31, 2013 and started Long-Range RDA Training Plan.[17][18] By August 2013, it had over 41,000 page views since its creation in August 2011. It has appeared consistently in the first page(s) of the search results of GoogleBing, and Yandex.[19] It is archived at Wayback Machine.[20] There is a Google+ Community for RDA Cataloging having more than 300 members, which discusses the posts of the RDA blog.[21][22] As of August 7, 2013, the blog had a Technorati rank of 72177[23] and according to PRLOG website it had Alexa rank of 27245754.[24]

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An article on RDA Blog, published in Technical Services Quarterly, journal on library technical services published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Online).
Elise WongCataloging and Reference Librarian, St. Mary's College of California, California, United States [June 13,  2014, Article on RDA Blog in Technical Services Quarterly] -- Resource Description and Access (RDA) Blog is a blog on Resource Description and Access. In addition to providing description and links to RDA, the blog also attempts to gather links and news on related cataloging rules and standards ... ... The layout of the homepage is simple and easy to navigate. The posts are tagged by categories, including RDA rules and concepts, MARC tags, and LC-PCC policy statements ... ... Additional useful links included on the homepage are feeds from RDA Toolkit blog and an extensive list of reference links for catalogers. The frequency of the posts are steady throughout 2013. Some of the posts are extracts from RDA Toolkit and other trusted cataloging sources; other posts are snapshots of cataloging records intended to provide interpretations on certain cataloging scenarios. The cataloging examples are instructive and the author's assessments are often backed by citation of RDA standards or Library of Congress best practices. The RDA Blog is useful supplementary resource for library catalogers interested to the various aspects of RDA and MARC in greater detail. The content is similar to what we see on AUTOCAT and RDA listservs ... ... The posts of RDA Blog are visual-friendly to browse at leisure... ... ... Users can easily trace the accuracy and reliability of the content by looking up the cited references of the RDA standards and guidelines. "Catalogers Reference Directory"is an impressive index of the essential tools used by catalogers every day.... ... ... The RDA Blog, like the AUTOCAT and RDA listservs, is a valuable resource that keeps catalogers informed about RDA standards and best practices on regular basis ... ...

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