NEFLIN Rudimentary RDA: Webinar


***Please NOTE: The trainer has specified that each person will need to register and log in individually to participate in this webinar.  Multiple attendees under one registration is NOT permitted.***

Don’t panic. RDA is here, it true, but even though LC and a bunch of other libraries have implemented RDA for creating new records, that doesn’t mean that you have to, yet. But it is definitely time for you start learning what this RDA stuff is all about. So, this is a start on learning about the basics (the ‘rudiments’) of RDA.

Course description:

In the course of the workshop, we intend to answer the following questions:

  • What is RDA, who is responsible for it, and how is implementation going?
  • Why do we need RDA, and how might it help the users of our OPACs? This section will also introduce you to four other very important initialisms/acronyms: FRBR, WEMI, FISO, and FRAD
  • What is the RDA Toolkit, and how might it and other RDA inspired software enhancements make it simpler for us to describe and provide access to resources?
  • What’s really different about RDA, and what is this RIMMF thing?
  • While we wait for RDA, what should we do with RDA MARC records that we copy and what should we do to make those records work ok in our OPACs?
Intended audience: Catalogers and copy catalogers
Anticipated goal: At the conclusion of this workshop, you should understand the importance of RDA and how it will change the way we catalog, and the ways our catalogs work.
Required text: None; a handout will be provided

There are two parts to Rudimentary RDA:

Rudimentary RDA. Part 1, What RDA is, When it Will Happen, and Why we Need it

This part of the workshop consists of a series of free, online webcasts (available 24/7)

Duration: approx. 105 min

Click here to access the Rudimentary RDA. Part 1 online modules

We will explain:

  • What RDA is
  • Who is responsible for developing and maintaining RDA
  • When was it implemented
  • Why we need to switch to it

Anticipated goal:

At the conclusion of Part 1 of this course, you should know enough about RDA (the replacement for AACR) to be ready for Part 2 of the course.

***It is very strongly advised that you go through the Part 1 modules before attending Part 2 of this workshop***

Rudimentary RDA. Part 2, How RDA Will Help, What’s Different About it, and What we Should do About it Right Now

This part of the workshop is provided as the one-day online training session, using GoToMeeting.

We will explain:

  • How RDA is intended to help the users of our OPACs
  • What are FRBR, WEMI, FISO, and FRAD
  • What is really different about RDA
  • What is the RDA Toolkit
  • What is RIMMF
  • How the Toolkit and RDA-based cataloging software (such as RIMMF) will make it simpler for us to describe and provide access to resources
  • What we should do with RDAMARC records that we copy, to make those records work properly in our OPACs

Anticipated goal:

At the conclusion of Part 2 of this course, you should understand how different RDA thinking is from AACRMARC thinking, and how much more ‘fun’ RDA thinking might be to apply, than simply reading the new instructions would make us think.

Trainer: Deborah Fritz, The MARC of Quality, Inc. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

This is an online class. Access information will be emailed one week ahead.

Cost: NEFLIN classes are free of charge for Florida library staff. Registration is required for all classes and NEFLIN members get priority.

Cancellation Deadline is 9 am on Monday, July 28.
Otherwise, no show fees may apply. See all NEFLIN CE policies at

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