[CatSIG] RDA publication

Chris Todd Chris.Todd at natlib.govt.nz
Fri Feb 19 11:31:31 NZDT 2010

As the RDA launch approaches National Library cataloguers have been following developments in the publication process.

The website at www.rdaonline.org now includes information about the RDA Toolkit, U.S. pricing for the RDA Toolkit (but nothing about other countries yet) and updated FAQs. Web videos of the RDA Toolkit: A Guided Tour, webinars given on February 8 and repeated on February 9 are also available.  The webinars give a useful outline of the functions available in the toolkit as well as other information about publication. 

Of particular interest are the opportunities to try RDA for free. Contents of the RDA toolkit will be available at no charge from the launch date (June 2010 at this stage) until August 31 2010. After the complimentary period potential subscribers can sign up for a 30-day free trial account. More details are available from the website. 

The U.S. National Library testing of RDA will begin after the launch and will take 9 months.
 - 3 months to learn to use RDA
 - 3 months using RDA to create records
 - 3 months for assessment of the results and to release a final report on the testing. 

This timeline takes us into 2011 before an implementation decision will be reached. 

The publishers also intend producing more webinars on various aspects of RDA and we will alert the lists as information becomes available. 


Chris Todd

Chris (Christine) Todd
Team Leader, Cataloguing Team 1, Content Services,
National Library of New Zealand.

Telephone: (04) 474 3093
Fax:  (04) 474 3161
Email: chris.todd at natlib.govt.nz

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