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Practical Cataloguing: AACR, RDA and MARC21



Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the first new international cataloguing standard for nearly thirty years. This essential new textbook builds on John Bowman's highly regarded "Essential Cataloguing" to provide cataloguers with the skills needed for transition to RDA. It gives an introduction to Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), which provides the conceptual basis for RDA; discusses the differences between AACR2 and RDA; and shows the current state of play in MARC 21. The final chapter includes ten records displayed in AACR2 level 1, AACR2 level 2, RDA and MARC 21, making it easy to see the differences at a glance. There is also a fully-explained worked example based on RDA Appendix M. Written at a time of transition in international cataloguing, this book provides cataloguers and students with a background in general cataloguing principles, the current code (AACR2) and format (MARC 21) and the new standard (RDA). The contextual chapters provide library managers with an up-to-date overview of the development of RDA in order to equip them to make the transition.
1. Catalogues and cataloguing standards 2. The FRBRization of the catalogue 3. Bibliographic elements 4. Access points and headings 5. RDA: resource description and access 6. AACR and RDA 7. MARC 21 8. Practical cataloguing: bringing it all together 9. The birth of RDA and the death of MARC? 10. Examples.
Anne Welsh is Lecturer in Library and Information Studies, School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London. Sue Batley is Course Director for the MA in Information Management, London Metropolitan University.
"Comprehensive, practical, clear, and written with a dash of humour – this is the textbook about AACR2 and RDA for which cataloguers have been waiting." - Karen Attar, Senate House Library "A worthy successor to Bowman's Essential Cataloguing. Practical Cataloguing does exactly what it says on the tin: offers a practical, pragmatic approach to the basics of cataloguing in AACR2, RDA and MARC21 with useful sample records for reference." - Celine Carty, Cambridge University Library "...a fine example of the kind of transitional work needed as we move forward with implementation and practical application of RDA." - Shawne D Miksa, University of North Texas

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