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RDA workshops

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is a standard for cataloguing that provides instructions and guidelines on formulating bibliographic data. Intended for use by libraries and other cultural organizations such as museums and archives, RDA replaces the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition (AACR2), the current cataloguing standard for English language libraries.

The National Library of South Africa (NLSA) was awarded a Department of Arts and Culture conditional grant in order to facilitate the transition from AACR 2 to RDA. The RDA-SA Steering Committee’s aim is to provide RDA training to as many cataloguers and interested parties as possible. The NLSA administered the grant and facilitated RDA-SA Steering Committee workshops.

The RDA-SA Steering Committee engaged experts in their respective fields to conduct the RDA training. The steering committee consists of Trish Gierke (DUT); Suzanne Saunders (WITS); Mandy Noble (UCT); Cynthia Warren (WITS); Dr Hester Marais (UNISA); and Louise van Heerden (NLSA). Subjects and topics covered included a RDA Toolkit demonstration, Guidelines for RDA Cataloguing for printed as well as audio-visual resources, RDA cataloguing guidelines for text –based electronic resources, RDA cataloguing guidelines for serials and journals, Name authority access points (personal and corporate names) and Series access points.

Interestingly, delegates were not only South African residents, but also from neighbouring countries like Namibia and Botswana. Each delegate received a conference bag filled with conference material to further assist the effective training process.

During all five workshops, delegates interacted with presenters, shared knowledge, thoughts and interpretations. The organizers received feedback that was generally positive. Delegates experienced the presenters as being experts in their respective fields. They learnt about RDA and shared knowledge and experiences with colleagues. Systems librarians were also interested about what effect RDA will have on systems and OPAC’s.

Further workshops will be planned according to interest shown and availability of funds. The RDA-SA Steering Committee prides itself on the results obtained and the efforts of all parties involved to ensure that the training was as intuitive and well-organized as possible.

Marietjie de Beer
Chairperson, RDA-SA Steering Committee


 

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