Since Oliver’s guide was first published in 2010, thousands of LIS students, records managers, and catalogers and other library professionals have relied on its clear, plainspoken explanation of RDA: Resource Description and Access as their first step towards becoming acquainted with the cataloging standard. Now, reflecting the changes to RDA after the completion of the 3R Project, Oliver brings her Special Report up to date. This essential primer
- concisely explains what RDA is, its basic features, and the main factors in its development;
- describes RDA’s relationship to the international standards and models that continue to influence its evolution;
- provides an overview of the latest developments, focusing on the impact of the 3R Project, the results of aligning RDA with IFLA’s Library Reference Model (LRM), and the outcomes of internationalization;
- illustrates how information is organized in the post 3R Toolkit and explains how to navigate through this new structure; and
- discusses how RDA continues to enable improved resource discovery both in traditional and new applications, including the linked data environment.
About the Author
Chris Oliver is the head of Metadata and Processing at the University of Ottawa Library. She has been a cataloging manager in academic libraries for over 25 years and has participated in the development of cataloging standards for over 20 years. She has a long history of involvement with RDA, beginning with her years as chair of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing, one of the bodies that contributed to the development of RDA. Then, in 2016, she changed her involvement from RDA development to RDA governance, becoming a member of the RDA Board as the representative of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations. She was chair of the IFLA Bibliographic Conceptual Models Review Group (formerly the FRBR Review Group) from 2013 to 2019. She continues to serve on the Review Group and is also a member of the IFLA Standing Committee on Subject Analysis and Access. She has been invited to give numerous presentations and training sessions on RDA in North America and around the world.
"Fortunately, there is no better guide [through the 3R Project] than Oliver, one of the happy few who seem to know the RDA Toolkit backwards and forwards. Her 2010 book has grown in this second edition from 124 to 211 pages, but it remains just as readable ... In conclusion, what Sheila Intner said in her review of the first edition of this work applies to this new edition as well: 'Introducing RDA is recommended to readers who do not expect or require comprehensive coverage of RDA. They will not be disappointed. The author has a clear writing style and ability to explain the principles and concepts on which RDA is based.'"
"Provide[s] a good starting point, some base knowledge, an introduction to changes to the Toolkit, and might be a complementary resource for those out there struggling to come to terms with it all ... The volume is very dense despite being only 200 pages and is quite repetitive in places, but with necessity: I actually found it quite helpful that the book attempted to explain things in different ways and to drill important points into my brain."
— Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association
"Oliver's book is comprehensive and reflects the current state of the new RDA Toolkit. It is an effective entry point for seasoned catalogers and is also useful to new catalogers unfamiliar with the earlier codes ... This is a valuable resource written by a very reputable author. All catalogers and library school students pursuing a career in cataloging should have access to it. "
— Technical Services Quarterly