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 http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/CATALOGUING-WALES or use twitter #cataloguersinWales or our blog https://cataloguersinwales.wordpress.com/ 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: PierceKF@Cardiff.ac.uk

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.

Booking now open for Web Dewey course

Booking is now open for:

Introduction to the Dewey Decimal Classification Using Web Dewey

Trainer:         Keith Trickey
Date:         Tuesday 14th May 2013
Venue:         Room T2.22B Llandaff Library, Llandaff Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff. CF5 2YB
Cost:       £110

This course is designed for:
•         Information workers who are required to use Web Dewey and need to know how.
•         Information managers who wish to classify information and have no experience of classification schemes.

Benefits of attending
Having completed the workshop participants should be able to carry out simple classification with Dewey, recognise built numbers and be able to build notation to describe subjects appropriately.

By the end of the event participants will:
•         Be familiar with the strengths of Dewey
•         Have practically reviewed the basic aspects of Dewey
•         Be able to carry out classification using Web Dewey

9.30         Introduction to the day
9.45         Mr Dewey and his wonderful invention
What happened at Amherst College in the later part of the nineteenth century that would have such a major impact on library organisation?
10.00         Introduction to Web Dewey
A brief overview followed by an exploration of the major structural components of Web Dewey
10.30         Basic navigation: the Index and the Schedules and the Manual (P)
Finding your way securely round the classification scheme and locating simple subjects
11.00         Coffee
11.15         Tackling the Tables: Standard subdivisions (P)
First stage in number building, taking a schedule number and increasing its precision by specifying further details
12.15         Review of the morning
12.30         Lunch
1.30         Tackling the tables: Place and time (P)
Geography, history and adding geographical detail to a schedule number
3.00         Tea
3.15         Building numbers within the schedule (P)
You can add one section of the schedule to another – if you are told you can and if you know how to!
4.00         Plenary session: Open session for further questions
4.30         Close
P – Practical exercises included

Workshop leader Keith Trickey
Keith is lead trainer with Sherrington Sanders and was a part time lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. He has been involved in information work for over thirty years and he has been designing and delivering professional training for over twenty years.

Please contact Jane Daniels for a booking form : JDaniels@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Webdewey Training Event, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Tuesday 14th May 2013

Here at Cardiff Met we are going to be hosting a one day practical training day on Webdewey presented by Keith Trickey. 
Keith will be covering how to classify using Dewey online including searching, browsing indexes, selecting basic numbers and more complex number building.
If you fancy brushing up on your classification skills and either have a subscription to Webdewey or would like to have a go at using it then this will be an ideal opportunity. Great CPD and a chance to meet other cataloguers.
Further details and booking forms will be available after the Easter break.
Hope to see you there!