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RDA and the Reference Librarian: What to Expect from the New Cataloging Standard
The Reference Librarian
  • Sevim McCutcheon, Kent State University - Kent Campus
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Document Type
Article
DOI
10.1080/02763877.2011.607409
Keywords
  • Resource Description and Access,
  • RDA,
  • cataloging rules,
  • Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules,
  • AACR2,
  • reference librarians
Abstract
Reference librarians’ work will be affected by the upcoming change in cataloging standards from the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules to the Resource Description and Access (RDA). Reference librarians were asked to give their perceptions about RDA records. They found that RDA records were comparable in terms of quality and quantity of information. However, terms used in new fields that provide format information lacked clarity. RDA records live compatibly with their Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules counterparts but do have distinctive differences. This study sheds light on what internal users of the catalog will find familiar in the new type of records and what will require a learning curve.
Citation Information
Sevim McCutcheon. "RDA and the Reference Librarian: What to Expect from the New Cataloging Standard" The Reference Librarian Vol. 53 Iss. 2 (2012) p. 123 - 137
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sevim_mccutcheon/8/