RDA: Resource Description and Access

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RDA: Resource Description and Access is a package of data elements, guidelines, and instructions for creating library and cultural heritage resource metadata that are well-formed according to international models for user-focused linked data applications. RDA has continued to evolve as the global standard for enabling discovery of content and supporting metadata interoperability. The 2018 RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign (3R) Project continues that evolution. If you would like to learn more, please check out our blog or contact us at rdatoolkit@ala.org

RDA Toolkit is an integrated, browser-based, online product that allows users to interact with a collection of cataloging-related documents and resources including RDA: Resource Description and Access. RDA Toolkit is published by the RDA Co-Publishers

  • American Library Association
  • Canadian Federation of Library Associations
  • Facet Publishing, the publishing arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

What does RDA Toolkit include?

  • RDA instructions that are searchable and browsable
  • AACR2 Rule Number Search of RDA instructions through the Advanced Search menu.
  • Workflows and other procedural documentation that is created by subscribers and can be shared within an organization or with the entire community of subscribers.
  • Mappings of RDA to different schemas, including MARC 21.
  • Two views of RDA content—by table of contents and by element set
  • Full text of AACR2
  • Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements (LC-PPC PS)
  • MARC Record Examples of RDA Cataloging
  • What you need to evaluate and implement RDA; to make cataloging decisions based on principles; to increase efficiency; to facilitate collaboration; and to help position the community for the future by making bibliographic data accessible on the Web.

Content Type

Library Tool
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Vendor Contact

Katie Bane
Account Manager
Email: kbane@ala.org