Deanna Marcum forwarded a letter to introduce the joint statement posted to AutoCAT last Thursday of the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Agricultural Library. In her letter she asked that, “… you bear in mind that it is the entire bibliographic system that needs to be considered and reworked, and the cataloging code is only one small piece of the work that lies ahead.”
The joint statement supports continued work on RDA; this is the concluding paragraph from the joint statement:
“The collective resolve is to complete the development of RDA, to conduct appropriate tests that will inform and involve the broader U.S. library community as to the utility of the code, and to ensure a product that is useful, usable, and cost effective. The Library of Congress will continue to work with its international colleagues on the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA and the Committee of Principals and keep them apprised of the evaluation progress and outcomes as the three national libraries, representing their constituents, undertake the tests outlined above.”
Discussion continues on the AutoCAT list.