Making the Move to RDA: A Self-Study Primer for Catalogers by Sara Shatford Layne

By Sara Shatford Layne

Making the flow to RDA: A Self-Study Primer for Catalogers is geared toward catalogers operating within the MARC atmosphere who presently create documents utilizing AACR2 and wish to transition to utilizing the hot regular, source Description and entry (RDA). on the grounds that either RDA’s constitution and content material vary from AACR2 in lots of respects, this primer information the improvement and cause for RDA in addition to its meant objectives, rules, and goals. It then explains RDA’s theoretical underpinnings—collectively referred to as the FRBR family members of Models.

Framing the textual content alongside those traces presents readers the context for knowing the similarities and alterations among AACR2 and RDA, either by way of content material and constitution. With this beginning in position, the ebook takes the reader on a survey of RDA parts used to explain bibliographic and authority files and demonstrates how the MARC code has been increased to deal with new components. eventually, it leads the reader field-by-field via MARC bibliographic documents for booklet and non-book assets in addition to via authority documents for works, expressions, folks, households, and company our bodies, describing the similarities and adjustments among AACR2 and RDA for every field.

Examples are supplied in the course of the textual content to aid the reader visualize the ideas presented.

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The terminology of main and added entry was not carried over into RDA. However, there are some RDA elements that, by and large, fill the same roles as main and added entries. Thus, catalogers working in the MARC environment who are familiar with the AACR2 instruction to “enter a work . . under the heading for . . ” Along similar lines, “added entries” in AACR2 have become “access points for other persons, families, or corporate bodies associated with a work” or “access points for contributors” in RDA.

A newly produced copy of this mass production would exemplify the intended details of the manifestation. However, over time this exemplar might get damaged or eventually bear handwriting, inscriptions, or other annotations. The exemplification of a manifestation is called an item, and it will bear details specific to its own unique history. To further understand works, expressions, manifestations, and items, it may help to consider how changes in the content of a resource or the carrier embodying the content would result in a different work, expression, manifestation, or item.

Whereas AACR2 chapters are organized, roughly, by type of format (AACR2 Part I) and type of heading (AACR2 Part II), RDA chapters are organized by bibliographic entities, the attributes and relationships of these entities, and user tasks. The chapters in Part I of AACR2 are further broken down by ISBD area, whereas RDA chapters are further broken down by elements. Thus, catalogers accustomed to using AACR2 in the MARC environment will have to suppress the impulse to look for RDA instructions based on format, ISBD area, and type of heading.

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