Maxwell's Handbook for RDA: Explaining and Illustrating RDA: Resource Description and Access Using MARC21

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Winner of the 2014 ABC-CLIO Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature

Winner of the 2015 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award

In this clear and comprehensive resource, cataloging expert Robert Maxwell brings his trademark practical commentary to bear on the new, unified cataloging standard. Designed to interpret and explain RDA: Resource Description and Access, this handbook illustrates and applies the new cataloging rules in the MARC21 environment for every type of information format. From books to electronic materials to music and beyond, Maxwell

  • Explains the conceptual grounding of RDA, including FRBR and FRAD
  • Addresses the nuances of how cataloging will, and won't, change in the MARC21 environment
  • Shows catalogers how to create and work with authority records of persons, families, corporate bodies, geographic entities, works, and expressions
  • Explores recording relationships, working with records of manifestations and items, and more
  • Provides numerous sample records to illustrate RDA principles

A guided tour of the new standard from a respected authority, this essential handbook will help catalogers, LIS students, and cataloging instructors navigate RDA smoothly and find the information they need efficiently.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Describing Manifestations and Items
Chapter 3
Describing Persons
Chapter 4
Describing Families
Chapter 5
Describing Corporate Bodies
Chapter 6
Describing Geographic Entities
Chapter 7
Describing Works
Chapter 8
Describing Expressions
Chapter 9
Recording Relationships
Appendix A Printed Books and Sheets
Appendix B Cartographic Resources
Appendix C Unpublished Manuscripts and Manuscript Collections
Appendix D Notated Music
Appendix E Audio Recordings
Appendix F Moving Image Resources
Appendix G Two-Dimensional Graphic Resources
Appendix H Three-Dimensional Resources and Objects
Appendix I Digital Resources
Appendix J Microform Resources
Appendix K Bibliographic Records Serials and Integrating Resources
Appendix L Analytical Description

Robert L. Maxwell

Robert L. Maxwell is Associate Librarian of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University, where he also serves as leader of the special collections and humanities cataloging team. He has taught cataloging in the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona and has chaired the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL). He is co-author, with Margaret Maxwell, of the current edition of Maxwell's Handbook for AACR2R. Maxwell earned his master's of library science degree from the University of Arizona and his doctorate degree in classical languages from the University of Toronto.

"Both seasoned and new catalogers alike should purchase this source. It is an indispensable resource as the community becomes more immersed in RDA cataloging."
— Technical Services Quarterly

"The text unmistakably shows the hand of an experienced educator who knows what kind of help practicing catalogers will need … RDA would be in a better state if every cataloging department had a copy of this book."
— Technicalities