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Technical Services Interest Group

What Happens After RDA "Day One"?

Catalogers have been anticipating the implementation of RDA (Resource Description and Access), the new cataloging standard designed to replace AACR2, for several years. The Library of Congress is on schedule to switch over to RDA cataloging on "Day One," March 31, 2013. Other libraries may or may not change their cataloging practices immediately. OCLC will continue to accept AACR2 cataloging. RDA guidelines and best practices will continue to be developed by LC and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. The California Library Association Technical Services Interest Group will continue to offer RDA workshops and conference programs for as long as CLA members express an interest in them.

A "Basic Cataloging with RDA" preconference was sold out in November 2012. Basic Cataloging with RDA has been reworked into a full-day Spring Fling 2013 workshop. Because high demand is anticipated, two identical sessions will be offered on consecutive days, Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in San Mateo. Luiz Mendes and Chamya Kincy, the preconference presenters, have agreed to come north again.  SCTPG (Southern California Technical Processes Group) has already sponsored a March session of the workshop, with member registration rates extended to CLA members. 

In addition to the May Spring Fling cataloging workshops, which will focus on monographs, a more specialized "Cataloging Serials with RDA" Spring Fling workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in San Mateo. It will be a half-day "advanced" workshop, focusing exclusively on serials cataloging with RDA. Participants should have a working knowledge of serials cataloging, a basic understanding of RDA concepts, and a familiarity with CONSER standards. The presenter is Sarah Gardner, the Serials and Government Documents Cataloging Unit Head at UC Davis. She is the Davis representative to the UC CONSER Funnel and does training and record review.    

Please see the CLA Spring Fling web site for registration information and more details.

If you cannot attend the Spring Fling workshops, you will have another chance at the 2013 CLA Conference in Long Beach. The Basic Cataloging with RDA workshop will be presented as a full-day preconference workshop by Luiz Mendes and Chamya Kincy, who will provide updates as applicable. Luiz and Chamya will also present an updated conference program on RDA. Meanwhile, the CLA Technical Services Interest Group is making tentative plans for additional Spring Fling 2014 cataloging workshops on RDA for non-print media.   

Elaine A. Franco
on behalf of CLA Technical Services Interest Group