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AACR3 (RDA)

Are you interested in seeing what is happening with the revision of the Anglo American Cataloging Rules? Check out the News and Announcements from the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision or the Anglo American Cataloging Rules.

One of the big changes is that we will no longer be referring to AACR, but RDA or Resource Description and Access. Check out the Background document for information about RDA as a whole. For detailed information check out the Prospectus. The revisions are intended to make describing and providing access to a wide variety of media easier (including digital materials). It will also incorporate conceptional ideas developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA); the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and the Functional Requirements for Authority Records (FRAR). The intention it to make RDA more flexible and better able to handle a wide number of formats. We should expect to see some changes coming with its release in 2008!

The JSC (Joint Steering Committee) met at the British Library in London in October and several documents from the meeting are now available:
RDA Progress Report Executive Summary
Outcomes of the meeting of the JSC

The draft of Part 1. Description was released by the JSC in December 2004 and a new release of the draft is expected sometime this December. I will post the new release of the draft as soon as it goes up on the JSC website.

2 comments on “AACR3 (RDA)

  1. Anonymous on said:

    Hi Stacy on a related note,
    the Library of Congress will implement the 2005 update to AACR2 2002 rev on August 5th. Here is the URL for more info:

    http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/2005upd.html

  2. Hi Stacy,
    this is great. I guess it pays to read the Library News now and then. :) –>

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