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RDA: Resource Description and Access Print--2013 Revision (Includes July 2013 Updates)
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1210-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $170.00
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This title is also available for purchase as part of a Print RDA bundle.

1104 pages
8.5" x 11"
Drilled looseleaf format with tabs (note: binder not included)
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1210-2
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, C, I

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About RDA: Resource Description and Access Print--2013 Revision

The 2013 RDA Print Revision contains:
  • A full accumulation of RDA— the revision contains a full set of all current RDA instructions. It replaces the previous version of RDA Print rather than being an update packet to that version. RDA has gone through many changes since it was first published in 2010. Cataloging practice described by RDA has not changed dramatically due to the changes above, but nearly every page in RDA Print was impacted by the changes, making an RDA Print update packet impracticable.
  • The most current RDA— the revision contains all changes to RDA up to and including the 2013 RDA Update approved by the JSC. There are two types of changes to RDA that routinely take place—Fast Track changes and RDA Updates.  The JSC periodically issues “Fast Track” changes to RDA to fix errors and to clarify meaning. These changes do not typically change cataloging practice as described by RDA. An RDA Update issued annually. In an Update process the JSC considers proposals to enhance and improve RDA as a current cataloging standard. An update can and often does change the cataloging process described in RDA. The 2013 Revision includes all Fast Track changes and RDA Updates since the 2010 publication of RDA and through July 2013.
  • Reworded RDA— the revision includes the reworded version of RDA instructions. To improve readability and comprehension of complex instructions, RDA has been edited and reworded since its original release. The rewording was carried out by the JSC, an RDA Copy Editor, and was reviewed by the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee. 
The first regular RDA Print Update is planned for mid-2014 and annually thereafter. Sign up for information about free trials, special introductory offers, and product updates here.

About RDA: Resource Description and Access

Designed for the digital world and an expanding universe of metadata users, RDA: Resource Description and Access is the new, unified cataloging standard. Benefits of RDA include
  • A structure based on the conceptual models of FRBR (functional requirements for bibliographic data) and FRAD (functional requirements for authority data) to help catalog users find the information they need more easily
  • A flexible framework for content description of digital resources that also serves the needs of libraries organizing traditional resources
  • A better fit with emerging technologies, enabling institutions to introduce efficiencies in data capture and storage retrieval
The online RDA Toolkit (subscribe here) provides a one-stop resource for evaluating and implementing RDA, and is the most effective way to interact with the new standard. It includes searchable and browseable RDA instructions; two views of RDA content, by table of contents and by element set; user-created and sharable Workflows and Mappings—tools to customize RDA to support your organization’s training, internal processes, and local policies; Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements (LC-PCC PS) and links to other relevant cataloging resources; and the full text of AACR2 with links to RDA.

This full-text print version of RDA offers a snapshot that serves as an offline access point to help solo and part-time catalogers evaluate RDA, as well as to support training and classroom use in any size institution. An index is included. The online RDA Toolkit includes PDFs, but purchasing the print version offers a convenient, time-saving option.

Keep up with our update schedule. Annual print updates are expected to this revision beginning in mid-2014 and every year thereafter. Sign up for information about free trials, special introductory offers, and product updates here.
RDA’s content has been developed in a collaborative process led by the international Joint Steering Committee (JSC). The project is overseen by the Committee of Principals representing the American Library Association (ALA), Canadian Library Association (CLA), Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP, UK), Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Library of Congress (US), Library and Archives Canada, British Library, and National Library of Australia. RDA Toolkit is co-published by ALA, CLA, and CILIP—through its imprint Facet Publishing.

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