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RDA Too Young for DCRM

April 13, 2012

It’s been a week of big announcements in the cataloguing world: firstly the first release of major updates to RDA and now, today (13 April), the Rare Books and Manuscripts of the Association of College and Research Libraries of the American Library Association released a statement from their Bibliographic Standards Committee that, for the main, and until RDA’s impact is clearer, rare book cataloguers should use Descriptive Cataloguing for RareMaterials (DCRM) in preference to RDA:

The Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section advises catalogers using Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM) for books and serials—DCRM(B) and DCRM(S)—to continue for the time being to follow the rules, options, and alternatives as written. Do not attempt to incorporate elements or practices based on Resource Description and Access (RDA) into descriptions based on DCRM. This instruction does not apply to the choice or form of headings in the bibliographic record, which are outside the scope of DCRM. Bibliographic records with the description conforming to DCRM, regardless of whether the headings are AACR2 or RDA, should still be coded ‘a’ in LDR/18, and ‘dcrmb’ or ‘dcrms’ in 040 ‡e. (DCRM-RDA Task Force webpage)

John Overholt probably spoke for many of us when he tweeted “Rare book catalogers advised to ignore RDA for now, thousands cheer” in his link to the announcement. Certainly the special collections community has been holding its breath since RDA was first mooted during the preparation of DCRM(B): Read the rest of this entry ?


RDA Updates

April 12, 2012

With RDA Updates expected to be extensive in the build-up to implementation, we decided not to create a companion website for Practical Cataloguing (Facet, 2012), but I will cover major changes here on this blog.

I’ve mentioned before that one of the hardest decisions about our recent book was when there would be time in all the RDA changes to get Practical Cataloguing through the press before another set of major changes was released. I can confess now that I’ve been holding my breath since January, when the JSC announced that “major changes to the RDA content would appear twice a year (in 2012, in April and October releases of the Toolkit)” (JSC RDA Updating Process, 2012).

This week the April changes were announced. Read the rest of this entry ?


Libday8 Approaches

January 12, 2012


As well as looking for participants for #catbkchat 2012, #hvcats is hoping that more catalogu(e)rs will sign up for Library Day in the Life Round 8. More on the blog.


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