The CLA pre-conference materials for From Rules to Entities – Cataloguing with RDA are now available on the Technical Services Interest Group wiki. For more info see this post from Jennifer Eustis on the Celerpedian blog.
Cataloging Back to the Future: FRBR & RDA is a presentation given by Dr. Robert O. Ellett, who is a lecturer at the School of Library & Information Science, San Jose State University and a Catalog Librarian at the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA. It was given at the American Library Association ALCTS Preconference held in Chicago, on Thursday, July 9th, 2009.
The other presentations focus on “practical information on the descriptive cataloging of digital media” which may also be of interest to some.
In addition to their group of pre-conference papers, the RDA Implementation Task Force delivered a second collection of presentations at the ALA conference that will be of interest to RDA enthusiasts.
Under the title “Look Before You Leap: Taking RDA for a Test Drive” the ALCTS Task Force hosted six presentations:
- Comparing RDA and AACR2 / Tom Delsey (RDA editor)
- Overview of RDA online and creating workflows / Nannette Naught (IMT, Inc.)
- RDA in LIS education / Christine Oliver (McGill University)
- MARC in RDA / Sally McCallum (Library of Congress)
- RDA in an ILS (in three parts: pt. 1; pt. 2; pt. 3) / John Espley (VTLS)
- Testing RDA / Barbara Bushman (National Library of Medicine)
This collection of presentations was delivered as part of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) RDA Implementation Task Force Pre-Conference at the American Association of Libraries (ALA) called “RDA, FRBR, and FRAD: Making the Connection.”
These are the presentations currently available:
- Group 1 Entities and Relationships / Barbara Tillet
- FRBR Quiz / Ana Lupe Cristan
- Group 2 Entities and Relationships / Robert Maxwell
- FRAD Attributes and Relationships / Glenn Patton
- FRBR and FRAD as Implemented in RDA / Tom Delsey
A great way to venture below the surface of RDA and get a better understanding of what an entity/relationship model is all about and have a closer look at the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and the Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD).
There are a couple of other presentations that have yet to be posted and will likely be made available soon at the ALA presentations wiki.
As many of you know there will be a CLA pre-conference session on RDA, “From Rules to Entities: Cataloguing with RDA“. And I think many of you will be attending this session, but for those who can’t a live webcast is planned. Jane Schmidt, Manager, Collection Services Team at the Ryerson University Library, has made the arrangements and I believe will be behind the camera. Jane provided information on the RDA discussion list:
“There is no need to register for, or have a username and password for the webcast of the RDA pre-conference. It is being provided for free and hosted on a free service on the web. All you have to do is go to this URL at 9am [EST] on May 29th when it will be broadcast live.
It will also be archived there for future reference. It is not interactive, and we can make no guarantees that it will be of a high quality, only that we will do our very best.“
So if you can’t be in Montreal on the 29th you’ll still be able to see the presentations.
The New England Technical Services Librarians association held their annual spring conference last week. The conference was called, “Working the Cataloging Landscape: Fishing, Mining and Harvesting‘.
Looks like a great collection of presentations:
- Metadata is a Plural Noun / Karen Coyle
- RDA: Boondoggle or Boon? And What About MARC? / Rick Block
- Beyond Federated Search: The Next Generation of Discovery / Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki
- Fishing Upstream: Publisher-supplied Cataloging and Libraries / Andreas Biedenbach and Leslie Horner Button
- Collecting Free Web Resources: Selecting, Harvesting, Cataloging / Alex Thurman
More information and presentation abstracts available at the conference website.
Quite a few of the papers presented at the ALA Mid-Winter 2009 conference by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) have been posted on the ALCTS wiki.
- Synchronizing Catalog Externalities: Introduction. Charley Pennell, North Carolina State University
- Optimized Metadata Repurposing in a Library Using MarcEdit. Sai Deng, Wichita State University
- Multiple Sources, Multiple Paths: Migrating Metadata Between Systems. Lukas Wing Kau Mak, Michigan State University
- Metadata in ARL Libraries. Jin Ma, Catalog/Metadata Librarian, Newman Library, Baruch College, The City University of New York
- How to Improve Interoperability of Unique Metadata Fields for Special Collections. Myung-Ja Han, Metadata Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Christine Cho, MSLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- FRBRizing Legacy Data: Issues and Challenges / FRBR Project – related presentations. Yin Zhang, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University and Athena Salaba, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University.
The IFLA RDA presentations and speakers notes are now available on the JSC website:
It was great to attend the RDA Conference last Friday in Quebec City. We drove up to Quebec via Ottawa and stayed a couple of nights in the posh dorms of the University of Laval. Friday was a rainy day which made sitting in the windowless conference room just that much more bearable. The day ran very smoothly and delegates had come from as far away as Iceland, Singapore and Australia.
Barbara Tillett set the stage with a wonderful survey of the development of RDA in her presentation entitled, “Resource Description and Access: Overview: History, Principles, Conceptual Models“. This provided a great introduction for those who may have been new to RDA and was also a clear review for the experienced RDA follower. She traced the history from the British Museum rules of 1841, the Paris Principles, card catalogues, the development of the IBSD, OPACs and the current web environment and showed how the FRBR principles were drawn directly from this evolution.
All of the presentations were informative but the two highlights for me were Gord Dunsire’s, “RDA Vocabularies and Concepts” and Chris Oliver’s run through the RDA online prototype.
Dunsire’s presentation was particularly interesting to me because he spoke about the connection of RDA to some of the other players in the bibliographic universe including ONIX, FRBRoo, OWL, RDF and the Semantic Web. Things seem very promising with comments from the communities like: “Why haven’t we sat down and talked about this stuff together before?” Dunsire expressed the importance of enabling the ‘machine’ in this rapidly changing technological environment: “We don’t have to understand it, we’re just humans … it needs to be this complicated so that the machines can understand it … we should just keep talking and let the machines know what we’ve decided.” A brave new bibliographic world to be sure.
Oliver walked us though some screenshots of the online prototype which, unfortunately, was still not quite ready for prime time due to the delay of the final draft. It looks pretty good. Conceptually it seems to be well thought out and includes features like annotating, commenting and workflow creation that will be potentially very useful. The principle developer Nannette Naught was praised very highly and you might be interested in taking a look at her presentation from the RDA Forum at the ALA annual conference this past June, “Product Development Snapshot: A Visual Tour of the Development Process“; especially the diagram that shows the RDA entity-relationships on slide 8 which was included in Oliver’s presentation. A little weeny to actually see, but interesting none-the-less.
There were some criticisms from the European library community who to some degree have felt a bit left out of the process. Anders Cato from the National Library of Sweden outlined the concerns of the international community, but it seemed that many of them had been addressed and dealt with earlier in the day. Dierdre Kiorgaard, Chair of the JSC, assured everyone that all of the submitted comments had been considered by the Committee, but decisions had not been reached for all of them.
Another issue of concern raised during Chris Oliver’s Q&A was the publishing/business model for RDA. How will RDA be developed? Will there be considerations for small libraries, independent cataloguer/indexers and possibly educational access packages for teachers and students? Some wondered about the accessibility of the online version in rural areas and underdeveloped communities and expressed a desire for a print version. There was a representative from the publisher’s group who said they were aware of most of these issues and will address them once the first version of RDA has been issued.
Implementation of RDA also looms as a big question. The Library of Congress, Library and Archives Canada, and the Australian and British national libraries have agreed to take the lead. Once RDA is ready, likely mid-2009, plans for implementation will be prepared with the goal that libraries will start adopting and using RDA sometime in 2010.
It was a great day overall. I had a chance to speak with a number of interesting folks and came away feeling generally positive about the whole endeavour. I’m looking forward to reviewing the final draft of RDA which is due out in mid-October. The conference presentations haven’t surfaced yet but will likely appear on the IFLA website or the JSC presentations page shortly.
Here are a few pictures from the conference.