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Introducing RDA: A Guide to the Basics

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Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the new cataloguing standard that will replace the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR). The 2010 release of RDA is not the release of a revised standard; it represents a shift in the understanding of the cataloguing process. Author Chris Oliver, Cataloguing and Authorities Coordinator at the McGill University Library and chair o ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by American Library Association
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If you can imagine Introducing RDA as the preface to a large followup volume titled Using RDA, you'll have a good idea of what to expect here. This short guide focuses mainly on justifying the decision to replace AACR2 rather than revise it, and on outlining the theoretical models that underlie RDA (FRBR and FRAD). For any practical detail, Oliver points catalogers toward the RDA Toolkit and a list of related reading.

(Tip: take a drink every time Oliver says RDA is a content standard.)
This book could be thought of as an executive summary of RDA and FRBR for librarians who have no idea what those acronyms mean. If you've already been introduced to these concepts, you might find little to hold your interest here. This is not an RDA reference book, so one should not expect any detailed information. This is a foundation on which to build your future studies of RDA.

For the course SLIS 5210 - Organization and Control of Information Resources I
Chris Oliver has nicely done what the title suggests: she has presented in this book a perfectly stellar introduction to the world of RDA, the new cataloging standard. Ms. Oliver is the Coordinator of Cataloging at McGill University and was hired as Copy Editor in order to ameliorate the prose in the first five chapters of Resource Description & Access (RDA).

The construct of the book is a simple one starting with a definition of RDA, moving on to a chronological presentation of the develo
We're starting the process of slowly (very slowly) transitioning to RDA at my library. I took a break from dissecting the rule book itself to read though Oliver's book--it's a quick read. It is more of an introduction to the philosophy of and justification for RDA than an introduction to implementation. It's perhaps much more suited to a library student looking to understand FRBR and FRAD for that reason. It did give me a better sense for some of the little things though, such as the reason for ...more
Rachel Sides
I'm certainly not an authority on AACR or AACR2 nor MARC or MARC21, but I'm not really seeing the real usefulness of RDA. I see it in theory, but in practice not so much.

This is a solid clear explanation of what RDA is, why it matters, and how it differs from previous content standards. My main concern about it is that it was written before the implementation of RDA and some of the information is necessarily uncertain about what will be decided. As the book is primarily a broad look at RDA this is a minor issue. Oliver does a very good job of making complex concepts understandable.
Constant repetition of theoretical statements, then a mere mention that there are "core" elements that must be included in an RDA record, but no mention of what those elements should be. Reads like a justification, with not nearly enough practical information for the space used.
Kathleen Cobcroft
Probably most useful for giving worried cataloguing staff a bit of background information before the proper RDA training begins. I think that Chris Oliver wrote this before the draft version was released, but she is now the main editor for RDA.
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Important book on Resource Description and Access, the new cataloging standard, which will replace AACR2. Should be fascinating to anyone concerned with epistemology and data architecture. Due summer of 2010.
A good general introduction to RDA (Resource Description and Access), that is the successor to AACR2.
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