BDS RDA policy

If you receive RDA records from BDS then you can now request a copy of the Company’s RDA policy document.

This has been provided following feedback from the excellent Cardiff RDA training event delivered by Jenny Wright in August.

Hopefully this will help in formulating, or confirming, your local RDA implementation policy decisions.

To request a copy please contact


Do you catalogue Welsh & Bi-lingual books – Or know someone who does?

I’ve just completed a report on the availability and quality of records for Welsh and bi-lingual books.

The National Library of Wales, Welsh Books Council , BDS and Nielsen have helped me to take a snapshot of where we are now with the production of CIP and full-level records . Everyone is committed to speeding up the supply of records and to improving their quality. Discussions have taken place and some ideas have been placed on the table but to make sure that everyone benefits we need to know what your experience of sourcing and editing CIP and full-level records is.

My report  is written from the point of view of a Capita user but it’s important that colleagues using different LMS’s summarise their experiences.

Please contact me for a copy of the report and let me know:

•             Which LMS you use

•             Where you get your CIP & full-level records for Welsh & bi-lingual books from

•             Whether you can import and overwrite records either singly or in batches

•             Whether you have any additional comments, recommendations etc. to add to the report

If you could respond to me by 15th November that would be brilliant.

Thanks very much!

RDA (Resource Description and Access) Workshop Cardiff 22nd August 2013

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 trainer Jenny Wright

RDA trainer Jenny Wright

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?

Join the Cataloguers in Wales’s mailing list or use twitter #cataloguersinWales or our blog to share your thoughts.

Cataloguers in Wales would like to thank the CILIP Wales Kathleen Cooks Fund for supporting this event.


Jane Daniels

Cardiff Metropolitan University




Workshop on RDA

The Cataloguers in Wales group is delighted to announce its first workshop on RDA (Resource Description and Access) which will take place at Cardiff University on Thursday 22nd August. The workshop will be led by Jenny Wright, Development Manager and resident RDA expert at Bibliographic Data Services Limited.

Workshop details:

This is an introductory course and will include:

  • An introduction to RDA, covering its history and the conceptual model on which it is based.
  • A look at the web-based rules in RDA Toolkit.
  • An examination of the principal differences between RDA and AACR2.
  • How to code RDA records in MARC21.
  • An emphasis on worked examples and practical information.

The workshop will benefit cataloguers and metadata experts seeking a practical introduction to RDA, and those responsible for implementing the standard.

Venue: The Bay Room, 11th Floor, McKenzie House, 30-36 Newport Road, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF24 0DH
Date: 22nd August 2013
Time: 10am-4pm (registration from 9.30am)
Cost: £90

Lunch and refreshments are included; if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know.

To register for the workshop please contact Karen Pierce for a booking form:

Delegates will be invoiced after the event, but please provide invoice details with your booking.

Please note there are limited places so early booking is essential.

Jiscmail list

We’ve now set up a Jiscmail list to enable discussions. You can find it at:

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Cataloguers talking! (Conversations with Cataloguers in Wales, March 2012)

Please subscribe and lets start talking about the cataloguing issues that are concerning us, and the kind of training and events that we want to happen.  We are very interested in the potential dialogues that will occur.

Cataloguing in Wales: first steps for a new group

Just over a year ago (March 6th 2012) the Conversations with Cataloguers in Wales event took place in Cardiff.  It was the first attempt to bring together those who catalogue and who are based in (or near) Wales; to provide an event that wasn’t located in London or the other side of Britain, and give us a forum for a discussion about what we wanted.  In the last session of the day we talked about whether we should form some kind of all Wales cataloguing group, and whether this group should or should not be affiliated to the CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG).  Although the vague consensus was ‘yes’ we wanted something, nothing concrete was decided.

A year has passed…

in the meantime we did arrange for the CIG ‘FRBR for the terrified’ session to be held in Cardiff, and I was invited to become a member of the CIG committee, to represent Wales.

This week a few interested persons got together and we decided to try and move the idea of an all Wales cataloguing group forward, albeit with perhaps small steps.  We are very aware that at the moment those of us who have met up are all based in south east Wales, so hardly representative of the whole of Wales.  We have some ideas for some training, and some discussion, sessions which we will be promoting on this blog in the future.  It is hoped that we will be able to liaise with others across Wales to provide sessions elsewhere, or to promote sessions that others may organise themselves.  We are also interested in the idea of another one day event, which could be held in a different location.

This blog will promote events and training sessions, it will contain write-ups of those events; we can also feature guest posts on various cataloguing projects, or perhaps some ‘day in the life’ accounts.  If you’d like to write a post for us please get in touch!

We are also in the process of setting up a Jiscmail list to provide a better forum for discussions, which we will tell you about in due course.

Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, suggestions.  We look forward to hearing from you.

And of course you can follow us on Twitter @CatalogueWales