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RDA: Basics, Concepts and Challenges What’s new and what you need to know


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Resource Description and Access (RDA), the replacement for AACR, has been the standard in many institutions for several years now. The intention is for RDA to serve widely as an international descriptive standard. The roundtable will discuss more recent trends in Libraries especially in technical services like RDA, LinkedData, BIBFRAME, Dublin Core, Semantic Web… etc.


Gordon Dunsire

RDA in a non-MARC environment

Chair of the RDA Steering Group. He is also a member of the IFLA Cataloguing Section and several IFLA groups, including the FRBR Review Group, ISBD Review Group, and PRESSoo Review Group. His background is in academic libraries and research in digital libraries, where he acquired expertise in cataloguing, library systems, and database applications. He is now an independent consultant. His current research interests are library linked data and the Semantic Web, and interoperability of library metadata standards. He is co-author of the book "Bibliographic information organization in the Semantic Web", and is widely published in professional journals. Further information can be found on his website at www.gordondunsire.com.


RDA in a non-MARC environment:

The presentation describes the entities, relationships, and controlled terminologies that are accommodated by RDA, and their representation in Resource Description Framework format for linked data applications. The data are published in the RDA Registry as RDF element sets and value vocabularies, together with machine-readable maps and other tools for application developers. The presentation gives a brief overview of the RDA data editor RIMMF, and describes the problems that occur when RDA data is encoded in the MARC formats. The presentation then discusses examples of RDA data in lossless formats, including linked data, and their interaction with data based on broader ontologies such as BIBFRAME, Dublin Core, and schema.org.

Magda El-Sherbini

Linked data: improve resource discoverability for Non-Latin Collections

Head of The Ohio State University Libraries, Collection Description and Access Department, Columbus. She is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, where she teaches Cataloging and Classification as well as Origination of Information course. She regularly teaches online courses on RDA for ALA. Her most recent publication, "RDA: Strategies for Implementation," received excellent reviews and numerous citations.


Linked data: improve resource discoverability for Non-Latin Collections:

Linked data practices and techniques have opened new possibilities for improving resource discoverability and access for non-Latin script collections. My discussion will be focused on how the MARC21 record can be utilized to display non-Latin script subject terms in the ILS. To maximize discoverability of materials, Arabic and other non-Latin terms are linked to LCSH subject terms and FAST subject terms. I will describe the user experience of navigating among the languages in the script of their choice. Finally I will discuss the benefits of cooperative ventures in providing improved access to Arabic language materials by establishing an authorized Arabic thesaurus that will work in a linked-data environment.

Tharwat Al-Olaimi

RDA implementation for Arabic language materials

Cataloging Librarian at the University of Sharjah, UAE.
He trained and mentored more than 100 catalogers and has taught numerous workshops on descriptive cataloging and authority control for library staff across UAE. Presented an Webinar about RDA for 60 catalogers & librarians from whole the Arab world in addition to he presented a session on RDA for MLIS students in The American University in the Emirates (AUE) and finally, presented a research paper to the SLA-AGC Conference bout RDA and its challenges facing the Arabic Catalogs.


RDA implementation for Arabic language materials:

The presentation studies Arabic cataloging and it’s challenges in implementation RDA with several examples of RDA records for Arabic-language monographs and serials, The presentation concludes with an overview of how Arabic libraries underwent their training, experience with RDA. Exploring why RDA did not satisfy expectations of many catalogers for Arabic materials especially old printed materials? the presentation will discover authority control with RDA and finally, How to implement a strategy for RDA in your catalog?

We will open the roundtable with open discussion

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