The RDA Workbook: Learning the Basics of Resource Description and Access

Libraries Unlimited: ABC-CLIO. 2014. 188p. ed. by . bibliog. index. ISBN 9781610694896. pap. $55 w/CD; ebk. ISBN 9781610694902. PRO MEDIA
OrangeReviewStarFor nearly a year now the Library of Congress and gradually other libraries and institutions have begun the process of implementing RDA cataloging (which uses the Resource Description and Access standard). If you are new to the cataloging field or just beginning to implement RDA into your catalog records, this book is for you. Mering (coordinator of cataloging and metadata, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln) and contributors provide a basic introduction to the standard. The workbook begins by reviewing the theoretical framework of RDA, which is followed by chapters that outline the essentials, compare RDA to AACR2, and introduce the elements of authorized access points. The last chapter lays out the steps to take in order to establish a time line to implement the RDA changes discussed in the previous sections. In addition to the record examples and quick guides, a strength of this book is the provision of miniexercises that are sprinkled throughout and the longer exercises at the end of each chapter. Answers to these exercises and a glossary are also helpful. The accompanying CD contains the extended practice records and the short guides.
VERDICT A useful, engaging, and well-written book that is recommended to catalogers and staff in all libraries and cataloging instructors and their students.

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