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This concise guide to cataloguing with RDA: Resource Description and Access is essential for those seeking a simplified path to creating basic RDA records.
In this quick reference source, author Thomas Brenndorfer describes the key RDA concepts and vocabulary and distils RDA instructions, matching them to cataloguing practice in easy-to-follow languages. Fully up-to-date with the latest revisions to RDA, this guide makes an excellent introduction while also serving as a bridge to more complex cataloguing.
RDA Essentials is an ideal resource for:

  • small libraries that require standard cataloguing
  • LIS students who need an introduction to cataloguing
  • professionals seeking a ready reference source to RDA
  • experienced cataloguers needing a quick summary of RDA practice.

A handy access point for solo and part-time cataloguers, Brennndorfer's guide also supports training and classroom use in any size institution. It will be useful reading for cataloguers and metadata specialists, systems librarians, user services managers, electronic resources librarians, and digital library project managers and students on cataloguing, information management and digital library courses.

SECTION 1: ELEMENTS 1. Identifying Manifestations and Items 2. Describing Carriers 3. Providing Acquisition and Access Information 4. Identifying Works and Expressions 5. Describing Content 6. Identifying Persons 7. Identifying Families 8. Identifying Corporate Bodies 9. Relationships between Entities 10. Relationships to Persons, Families, and Corporate Bodies Associated 11. Relationships between Works and Subjects 12. Relationships between Works, Expressions, Manifestations, and Items 13. Relationships between Persons, Families, and Corporate Bodies SECTION 2: GUIDELINES 14. Transcription 15. Numbers Expressed as Numerals or as Words 16. Notes 17. Titles Associated with a Manifestation 18. Statements of Responsibility 19. Place of Production, Publication, Distribution, and Manufacture 20. Name of Producer, Publisher, Distributor, and Manufacturer 21. Date of Production, Publication, Distribution, and Manufacture 22. Titles of Works 23. Names of Persons, Families, and Corporate Bodies 24. Dates Associated with Persons, Families, and Corporate Bodies 25. Places SECTION 3: CONSTRUCTING ACCESS POINTS 26. Persons 27. Families 28. Corporate Bodies 29. Works 30. Expressions SECTION 4: OTHER ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS 31. Cases Involving Multiple Elements 32. Changes that Result in the Creation of a New Description
Thomas Brenndorfer began his career in cataloguing at the National Library of Canada in 1990. While working at the Guelph Public Library in 1997 he learned about FRBR, which had been presented at a conference on the future of AACR2 in nearby Toronto. He followed the development of FRBR to its full incorporation into a draft of RDA ten years later in 2007. Having seen the importance of FRBR for the future of catalogs he began giving presentations introducing FRBR and RDA concepts to cataloguers (and others eager to learn) at conferences hosted by the Ontario Library Association and Canadian Library Association.

" ... as an easy-to-use reference for cataloguers already getting to grips with RDA, this is an excellent resource and a worthwhile investment.

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