The RDA (Resource Description and Access) Toolkit is now available to help catalogers navigate from AACR2 to RDA. RDA is the new, unified standard for resource description and access, designed for the digital world and an expanding universe of metadata users. The RDA Toolkit will be available at no charge for everyone to try from mid-June 2010 through August 31, 2010.
Here is a link to a webinar on how to use the RDA Toolkit: http://www.rdatoolkit.org/training
Some RDA Toolkit highlights:
-RDA instructions that are searchable and browseable
-AACR2 Rule Number Search of RDA instructions
-Workflows, mappings, examples: tools to customize the RDA instruction set to support organizational training and processes
-Two views of RDA content—by table of contents and by RDA element set
-What you need to evaluate and implement RDA; to make cataloging decisions based on principles; to increase efficiency; to facilitate collaboration; and to help position the community for the future by making bibliographic data accessible on the Web
-Full text of AACR2 with links to RDA
The content of RDA has been developed in a collaborative process led by the Joint Steering Committee (JSC). The project is overseen by the Committee of Principals representing American Library Association, Canadian Library Association, CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Library of Congress, Library and Archives Canada, British Library, and National Library of Australia. The RDA Toolkit is published by American Library Association, Canadian Library Association, and CILIP (through its publishing imprint Facet Publishing).