Impact of RDA on Serials Cataloging


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Presentation given at the ALA Annual 2013 ALCTS Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee Update Forum. It highlights and summarizes the changes and impact of RDA on serials cataloging, but isn't meant as primary training materials.

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  • Essentially “flipping AACR2 on it’s head” in terms of approachRDA starts with the content, describing the elements of the WORK first, then the EXPRESSION and MANIFESTATIONAACR2 is organized by format (carrier) – the tangible comes firstI largely work with web resources. So I have online books. Online videos. Online videos that are issued as serials. All of these things require me to review and cross reference and flip back and forth like an insane woman in AACR2 from chapter to chapter. The first and second examples both require using 2 chapters. The third example requires I use THREE distinct chapters in AACR2 to fully describe the thing I'm looking at since the format determines how the thing is described. This is not efficient.But core goal of making things findable (uniquely identifiable) is still the same
  • Manifestation level: e.g. (Online) in 130/240Differentiation is at work and expression levelSo same work but different carriers = same preferred title
  • Some manifestation changes do require a new description (e.g. new record) but NOT a new preferred title1.6.2.1: M1.6.2.2: M1.6.2.3: W – new preferred title1.6.2.4: W – new preferred title1.6.2.5: M
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  • Impact of RDA on Serials Cataloging

    1. 1. Impact of RDA on Serials Cataloging Shana L. McDanold ALA Annual 2013, Chicago, IL
    2. 2. RDA Key points  RDA is fundamentally different in it's approach to describing materials/resources/things  Focus on content *first* and carrier/format second  RDA cultivates relationships  “Guidelines and instructions” rather than rules  Cataloger’s judgment  MARC record contains a mix of Group 1 WEMI attributes as well as Group 2 and Group 3 entities.  MARC record: mix of work, expression, and manifestation 2
    3. 3. Change highlights: general  Vocabulary changes  New MARC fields and subfields  Transcription – record what’s there!  Capitalization = RDA Appendix A  Source(s) – more flexible  Relationships for authorized access points  Required for the creator  RDA Appendix I  Guidelines: Guidelines.docx  Rule of three – gone!  Be liberal in recording alternate titles  Related works are no longer in a general note field, but rather traced so they can be linked  GMD replaced by 336 (content type), 337 (media type), 338 (carrier type) 3
    4. 4. Change highlights: general  Spelling out of abbreviations (RDA Appendix B)  p.  pages  ill.  illustrations  cm is not an abbreviation, it is a symbol, like ©  Latin terms no longer used  [S.l. : s.n.]  [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified]  [et al.]  [and # others]  [sic]  245 has title as appears on piece; 246 contains corrected form of title  Adjacent bracketed elements are bracketed separately  Supplied information (e.g. not from piece in hand) is enclosed in square brackets  EXCEPTION: Devised titles for serials (RDA 4
    5. 5. Change highlights: serials  300 field is core for currently published, tangible non-print formats  Carrier type changes (338)  RDA Create a new description if there is a change in the carrier type of a serial to online resource from another computer carrier, or vice versa  Transcription exceptions:  Omit numbering from title proper or parallel title (use mark of omission wherever in title)  Some alternatives allow some conversions and some omissions for some elements  No more manifestation level differentiation  [Reminder]: ISSN key title (222) is at manifestation level, NOT work or expression title, so key title and authorized access point for the work may not match 5
    6. 6. Change highlights: new description 6
    7. 7. Hybrid records  Guidelines available on LC website  RDA records: es/Serial-RDA.doc  Pre-RDA records: es/Hybrid-Guidelines-Serials-Post-Impl.docx  Remember:  Goal: enhancing the record to improve user access (user tasks: find, identify, select, and obtain)  DO NO HARM: If it's not wrong, leave it alone  Be nice: avoid editing just for style 7
    8. 8. Ongoing issues  Reproductions  Title changes for multiple carriers (print vs online vs microform)  Keep title changes in sync across carriers? 8
    9. 9. QUESTIONS? 9
    10. 10. Acknowledgements  Slide content credits:  Library of Congress  Barbara Tillett, Judy Kuhagen, the staff of the Cataloging & Acquisitions Cooperative and Instructional Programs Division  Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA  And many more who have contributed bits and pieces 10