July-September 2008 - Draft due to be available.
Early 2009- First release
View/listen to a 3-minute demo of RDA Online: http://www.rdaonline.org
RDA (Resource Description and Access) will:
- replace AACR2
- simplify cataloging code
- encourage worldwide use
- provide consistency
- address current problems with types of materials
- be principle-based
- support FRBR
- be web-based ("not linear, but a we-tool")
- be multinational
- enable users
- uses "take what you see" approach
AACR2 uses old terminology and does not include the concepts for moving into a more electronic world.
Why present these standards? Because in the real world, what has been known as "cataloging" is being done by authors, publishers, students, etc. It is not all MARC21, but we need to use other schemas.
See Drafts and Docuements: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/jsc/rda.html
- Informal discussion: subscribe to RDA-L
- Formal comments: http://www.ala.org/ALCTS
FRBR (Fundamental Requirements for Bibliographic Records) is a thorough examination of anything that might ever be cataloged by thinking in terms of:
FRBR User Tasks, which are the reasons people use libraries:
Change is coming. Stay tuned.