RDA and Cataloger’s Desktop

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From the RDA listserv:

Resource Description and Access in Cataloger’s Desktop

Library of Congress contact: Peter Seligman, 202-707-1314, psel@loc.gov

American Library Association contact:  Troy Linker, 312-280-5101, tlinker@ala.org

February 22, 2010

The Library of Congress and the Co-Publishers for RDA (Resource Description and Access) are pleased to announce that Cataloger’s Desktop subscribers will be able to access the RDA Toolkit (due in June 2010) via Cataloger’s Desktop.

Cataloger’s Desktop is the Library of Congress’s integrated, online documentation system for cataloging and metadata resources. RDA Toolkit is a browser-based, online collection of cataloging-related documents and resources, including RDA (Resource Description and Access). Used together and available 24-7, Cataloger’s Desktop and RDA will represent the current state of the art in cataloging and metadata documentation.

Once users subscribe to both Desktop and RDA Toolkit, they will also be able to access RDA through Desktop’s search and discovery interface. Hits (including hits in context) will display in Desktop’s Search Results pane. When subscribers click on a hit in RDA, they will be taken immediately to the content in the RDA Toolkit. In addition:

  • Once an RDA link is followed, Desktop users can access the full functionality of the RDA Toolkit (including workflows).
  • Linking from RDA to LC Policy Statements (the successor to the LC Rule Interpretations) will be provided.
  • The developers are working to make it feasible for subscribers to enter their RDA Toolkit login information in Desktop preferences to access both products seamlessly with a single login.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. The Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staff—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s award-winning Web site www.loc.gov.

The RDA Toolkit is published by the Co-Publishers for RDA (the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and Facet Publishing, the publishing arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). The content of RDA has been developed in a collaborative process led by the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC). The RDA project is overseen by the Committee of Principals representing the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the Library of Congress, Library and Archives Canada, the British Library, and the National Library of Australia. For more information about RDA and the RDA Toolkit visit www.rdaonline.org.

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