[CatSIG] CatSIG RDA Seminars

Chris Rae Todd Chris.Rae.Todd at dia.govt.nz
Fri Oct 12 15:53:47 NZDT 2012

Apologies for cross-posting.

Thank you to everyone who attended an RDA seminar at the end of last month.
We were very fortunate in having Barbara Tillett as our key speaker.

The feedback from the Palmerston North and Dunedin groups has been very positive. The Auckland group also had a great atmosphere, but as we didn't deliver their evaluation forms until after the seminar, we haven't heard back from people yet.  The main issue identified was the time constraints in Palmerston North which limited the opportunities for discussion.

There are two main messages that came through, both at the seminars and in your evaluation forms.

  1.  People would like more practical engagement with RDA. The activity that involved examining records was very well-received.

  1.  One size will not fit all when it comes to RDA training.  Libraries vary in the amount of original cataloguing versus copy-cataloguing that they do. They vary in their use of the MARC format. They vary in the ways they are able to interact with their library system, and the best time to think about moving to a new cataloguing standard also varies from library to library.

So where to from here?
1. The three National Library cataloguing team leaders are definitely attending the National Library of Australia's RDA Train the Trainer course in early November.  This will provide us with training and materials that we could use to offer some form of RDA training in New Zealand, depending on all those variables I mentioned above.

2. The first impact of RDA that is affecting libraries is the increase in the number of RDA records coming in to the NUC from OCLC.  I will send a separate email, after Labour Weekend, to start some discussion about how different libraries are dealing with RDA records at present. I'm hoping that this discussion can lead to the development of factsheets or guidelines that we can all use during this transition period.

I will be on leave next week, but back again after Labour Weekend to continue this work.
If people have thoughts about RDA training please do send them to this list or directly to me if you prefer.

Have a great weekend everyone

Chris (Christine) Todd
Team Leader, Cataloguing Team 1
National Library of New Zealand
The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
Direct Dial: +64 4 474 3093
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