Barbara Tillette on RDA

Barbara Tillette’s webcast called RDA Changes from AACR2 for Texts has already been published in several blogs.

What I find interesting is that this is a good general introduction to RDA and significant changes from AACR2. Much of the information has already been published in one form or another. And, unfortunately, the focus remains on print materials, i.e. texts. Another point to consider is that the many of the options that Barbara talks about concern LC practice, which other institutions might or might not want to follow.

With that in mind, this is, however, a good starting point to learn about how RDA differs from AACR2 with examples. Please note that in order to view the webcate, you will need RealPlayer.

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4 responses to “Barbara Tillette on RDA

  1. arkham

    “And, unfortunately, the focus remains on print materials, i.e. texts.”

    -yes, but that was the intent, from what I gathered – further formats are intended to be covered in the future, if I understood correctly. This is essentially the first in a series.

    “Another point to consider is that the many of the options that Barbara talks about concern LC practice”

    -yes again, but that is understandable, as I believe she was addressing LC catalogers. While the webcast has been made available to all, everyone else is not the primary audience.

    And, again, this is based on my understanding, which could be incorrect.

    • Jen

      Thank you for your comments. Regarding the focus being on books, for some time, RDA documentation has been primarily geared towards books. Very little is out there concerning non-print materials. OLAC has had some discussion as to how RDA can be applied to audiovisual materials but nothing extensive. Even the RDA test materials are for the moment focused on books when several of the test libraries plan on testing RDA for non-print materials and when the test begins June 1. What I find interesting is that RDA was developed in order to better adapt to the digital environment where many non-print materials are found. However, this is what the RDA test will test after all. Is cataloging a streaming video using RDA as easy as the document says that it will be in terms of streamlining cataloging for the digital environment? What is frustrating is the lack of information out there about how RDA can even be used for non-print materials.

      • arkham

        I agree with you – I think more information is definitely needed on non-print, and particularly electronic formats.

        One would hope that Barbara Tillett will soon do some non-book format presentations to LC and make the webcast(s) available, and that she and/or others – maybe those involved in the OLAC group – will provide some information.

      • Jen

        Barbara is giving a talk tomorrow at the NETSL conference (the New England Technical Services Librarians). Perhaps she’ll address this issue tomorrow. If not, I’m waiting for OLAC who is a test partner for RDA to come out with some best practices at the end of the test next year or sooner.

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