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Introducing RDA: A Guide to the Basics

by Chris Oliver

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Oliver's Introducing RDA is an excellent general introduction to the Resource Description and Access cataloging standard. He clearly explains the theoretical foundations of FRBR/FRAD underlying the standard and gives a broad look at ways it differs from AACR2. This introduction would probably best serve non-cataloging library staff looking to get a grasp of the basic approach of RDA, as much of what it covers will likely not be terribly new to those in technical services. All in all, great starting point to begin getting familiar with RDA. ( )
  Matthew.Ducmanas | Mar 18, 2016 |
Chris Oliver has taken a complex set of subjects and made them accessible to the library community through clear language, a multitude of examples and many references for further reading. RDA (Resource Description and Access) is the new cataloging standard proposed to replace AACR (the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules) and is the focus of the book. She covers the differences in AACR and RDA and how the new cataloging code can be implemented easily and without discarding the many existing bibliographic records in library catalogs formulated under AACR.

The book contains the clearest explanation for FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) and FRAD (Functional Requirements for Authority Data) that I have seen. I finally “got it” after months of reading, attending seminars and webinars, and following discussions on various lists. It took this book to make clear what was murky before. I am still not sure that this code is what the library community needs at the present time, taking many more hours of work in already stretched library budgets and not giving much more benefit. But I understand the issues more clearly. This book is necessary reading for anyone interested in the cataloging rules debate. ( )
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Practical advice for catalogers and library administrators on how to make the transition from the Anglo-American cataloguing rules (AACR) to Resource description & access (RDA).

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