Twenty seven cataloguers from across Wales and beyond converged on Cardiff University for a workshop organised by Dr Karen Pierce and presented by Jenny Wright, lead RDA cataloguer/trainer with BDS.
RDA is the new cataloguing standard which replaces AACR2 and many public and academic libraries are already using RDA records, supplied by BDS since January 2013, as part of their cataloguing workflow.
Six months in to the new regime this was an ideal time to benefit from an RDA refresher and get clarification on BDS’s decisions regarding the optional elements of the new standards.
Jenny provided an introduction to RDA, its history and the conceptual model (FRBR) on which it is based; a look at the web-based rules in the RDA Toolkit; an examination of the principal differences between RDA and AACR2; and how to code RDA records in MARC21.
The training was excellent and there was plenty of opportunity for colleagues to ask Jenny questions and swap experiences.
Hopefully some of the conversations started at the meeting will continue into the future because the agreement to adopt a shared LMS for Welsh higher education and the National Library of Wales provides a real opportunity for collaborative cataloguing initiatives. If you are revising your cataloguing policies and workflows with reference to RDA why not share them with Cataloguers in Wales?
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Cataloguers in Wales would like to thank the CILIP Wales Kathleen Cooks Fund for supporting this event.
Cardiff Metropolitan University