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Call for participation in National Libraries testing of RDA

While the cataloguing constituency groups have been busy evaluating the final draft version of RDA others are starting to think about testing this new cataloguing standard.  Here’s an email from Dianne McCutcheon, Chief, Technical Services Division at the National Library of Medicine posted on the NGC4Lib list outlining how you can get involved.

This might be a good role for York cataloguers to play.

“The Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library and the National Library of Medicine have jointly decided to test Resource Description and Access (RDA), the proposed new cataloging code, before making a decision on whether or not to implement this new standard. See the joint statement and accompanying letter from Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress for more details:

We plan to include members of the U.S. library community as well as ILS vendors and OCLC, in the testing. We are also interested in including developers from the code4lib and NGC4Lib communities who could help evaluate the assertion that RDA will allow the data produced to function within a wide range of technological environments and better support resource discovery.

The test period will begin after RDA is released, currently targeted for July 2009. We are in the process of developing the methodology for testing and would welcome input from testing partners.

If you are interested in participating, or have a suggestion of someone we should contact, please e-mail one of the national library contacts: Dianne McCutcheon (NLM), Christopher Cole (NAL) or Beacher Wiggins (LC)

Dianne McCutcheon
Chief, Technical Services Division
National Library of Medicine
Bethesda MD 20894
(301) 496-6134
(301) 402-1211 (fax)”

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