Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Making the Move to RDA: A Self-Study Primer for Catalogers

Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Making the Move to RDA: A Self-Study Primer for Catalogers

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Making the Move to RDA: A Self-Study Primer for Catalogers. By Chamya Pompey Kincy and Sara Shatford Layne. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. 332 p. $75.00 softcover (ISBN: 978-0-8108-8769-5).

Organized in three parts, Making the Move to RDA is a guidebook for applying RDA: Resource Description and Access, the successor to the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2). Author Chamya Pompey Kincy was a UCLA life and social science cataloger and active on committees in the Medical Library Association (MLA), American Library Association (ALA), and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). Chamya had almost finished her book when she died of cancer at age thirty-seven. UCLA colleague, Sara Shatford Layne, finished the book and had it published in memorial to Kincy.

Part 1 discusses RDA's history and use, models and organization, and major differences with AACR2. This section can be read to gain a basic understanding of the background and development of RDA. The first chapter outlines RDA's objectives and principles, and clarifies the main differences with AACR2, namely the family of conceptual models that underpin RDA: the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD), and Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD). Part I also introduces Group 1, 2, and 3 entities, describing and recording attributes, relationships between entities, and the organization of RDA. The chapter detailing the major differences between RDA and AACR2 describes differences in terminology (such as using "access point" instead of "heading"), conceptual distinctions between the two codes, and changes in other areas such as transcription, granularity, and source information.

Part 2 aims to teach the reader how to master RDA basics, and explains the major instructions contained in RDA, including how to record relationships. This section also describes the attributes of manifestations and items. …

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