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Planning and Preparing for RDA: Resource Description and Access eCourse
Roman S. Panchyshyn
Item Number: 1541-8888
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $175.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning October 26, 2015 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Roman S. Panchyshyn

This iteration will feature updated content that reflects new developments in RDA: Resource Description and Access.

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes
After taking this eCourse you will be able to:
  • Explain the conceptual difference between AACR2 and RDA
  • Craft cataloging policies and procedures
  • Create a staff training plan
  • Draft an RDA implementation plan
  • Craft strategies for communicating about RDA throughout the library
There are already many catalog records “in the wild” that are compliant with RDA: Resource Description and Access. Now is the perfect time for anyone involved in cataloging and technical services to prepare and put plans in place for implementing RDA. An active participant in development of the RDA instructions, Roman S. Panchyshyn will lead this 4-week, asynchronous eCourse to help you get started.
eCourse Outline

Week 1: Comparing RDA with AACR2
  • Conceptual differences
  • Differences in process
  • Differences in records
Week 2: RDA now
  • Planning for copy cataloging RDA records
    • Staffing
    • Cataloging policies & procedures
    • Library management systems
  • Who to train and type of training to implement now
Week 3: RDA in your future: Cataloging operations
  • Factors to consider in deciding when to adopt
  • Training issues
  • Library management systems implications
  • Managing a database with both AACR2 and RDA records
Week 4: RDA in your future: The rest of the library
  • What to discuss with your administrator
  • How to help other operations prepare
  • Acquisitions
  • IT
  • Circulation and interlibrary loan (ILL)
  • Preservation
  • Selection
  • Reference

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on October 26, 2015. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructor Roman S. Panchyshyn will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on October 26 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructor

Roman S. Panchyshyn is Catalog Librarian and Assistant Professor at Kent State University Libraries. He is co-author of the article “Understanding the Why: A Case Study in Managing the RDA Implementation” (2014). He has published on the topic of RDA display issues and has a forthcoming article on RDA Enrichment scheduled for publication in January 2015. He serves as co-chair of the ALA ALCTS Catalog Management Interest Group, as vice-chair of the OhioLINK Database Management and Standards Committee (DMS), and as co-coordinator of the NACO Ohio Funnel. His research interests include RDA and technical services staff training.

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