Introducing RDA

Jul 2010 | 128pp

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Introducing RDA
A guide to the basics

Chris Oliver

The release of Resource Description and Access is not the release of a revised standard; it represents a total shift in the understanding of the whole cataloguing process. This shift from the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR) to RDA will require a fundamental re-orientation in the way library staff, especially cataloguing staff, approach the function of describing resources and creating access to them. This book will assist professionals with this transition.

The book guides the reader through the key topics and questions providing a concise explanation of RDA, its implementation and its expected benefits for users and cataloguers. 

Key sections include:

  • what is RDA? placing RDA in context
  • why are we changing to RDA?
  • making the transition to RDA
  • after implementation.  

Readership: This book is an essential introductory guide not only for cataloguers but for all library staff, information professionals, support staff and LIS students


1. Information in organizations: directions for information management - Joyce Kirk 
2. The development of the information management research area - Elena Maceviciute and T. D. Wilson 
3. Business information culture: a qualitative study of the information culture in the Finnish insurance industry - Gunilla Widén-Wulff 


4. Determining organizational information needs: the critical success factors approach - Maija-Leena Huotari and T. D. Wilson 
5. Critical success factors and information needs in industry: an Estonian study - Aiki Tibar 
6. Experiencing information seeking and learning: research on patterns of variation - Louise Limberg 


7. Environmental scanning as information seeking and organizational learning - Chun Wei Choo 
8. Scanning the business environment: from perceived environmental change to strategic change - Zita Correia and T. D. Wilson  
9. Managerial information seeking and use behaviour: a case study of Singapore - Shrianjani M. (Gina) de Alwis and Susan Higgins 
10. The balanced scorecard, strategy, information and intellectual capital - Judith Broady-Preston 


11. Knowledge management and information management: review of empirical evidence - France Bouthillier and Kathleen Shearer 
12. ‘The nonsense of knowledge management’ revisited - T. D. Wilson 


13. Information systems strategy formation in higher education institutions: lateral trust - David Allen 
14. Healthcare information management and technology strategy: the story so far - Hugh Preston  
15. National information infrastructure and the realization of the Singapore IT2000 initiative - Cheryl Marie Cordeiro and Suliman Al-Hawamdeh

"This is the best explanation I have yet seen on RDA as a whole. I would strongly recommend buying this book for your library, so that everyone can understand the new changes and standards that will influence how libraries and others will deal with the description and organization of information in the future."
- Collection Building

"The book provides a basic understanding of how our work will transition once we adopt RDA. There is a good general introduction to RDA... There is an especially good introduction to the use of the RDA Toolkit
- including descriptions of Toolkit navigation and explanations of how the Toolkit may be integrated into our work…Introducing RDA could provide an introduction for the uninitiated technical services librarian, for library administrators and for interested public services or systems folks. It’s a good first step toward the understanding needed for application or use."

- TechKNOW

"Introducing RDA is a valuable resource for all cataloguers and most definitely one no library planning to changeover from AACR2 to RDA should be without. It also is a valuable source for faculties faced with the teaching of the new cataloguing standard."
- The Electronic Library

"...covers the essentials of resource description likely to serve well teachers and students of what may still be called cataloguing (or perhaps 'metadata production')."
- Information Research

"Highly recommended for novice and experienced catalogers as well as library school faculty and students seeking basic information on RDA and its implementation."
- Library Journal

"Cataloging and technical services librarians are keen to learn about Resource Description and Access (RDA) and this handy guide is an excellent introduction to it."
- Technicalities

Chris Oliver has worked at the McGill University Library since 1989, as a cataloguing librarian and cataloguing manager. Her current position is Coordinator of Cataloguing and Authorities. She received her MA and MLIS degrees from McGill University. Chris is the Chair of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing and has been a member of the Committee since 1997. This has given her the opportunity to be involved with the evolution of RDA from its beginning. She served as a member of the Joint Steering Committee's Format Variation Working Group and as Chair of the RDA Outreach Group. She has given presentations on RDA in Canada, the United States, and internationally.