After AACR2: Content standards for resource description and access

By reeset / On / In Readex 2006

Matthew Beacom, Yale

RDA will be:

  • Multinational content standard providing bibliographic description and access for a variety of media and formats collected by libraries today.
  • Developed for use in English language environment; it can also be used in other language communities.
  • Independence of format (i.e., like MARC21)
  • Will support FRBR tags
  • Enable users of library catalogs, etc., to find and user resources appropriate to their information needs.

Who develops and supports RDA:


“New” Part A (formally part I) for RDA:

  1. Introduction
  2. General Guidelines for resource description
  3. Identification of the resource
  4. Technical description — FRBR “Select”
  5. Content description — FRBR “Select”
  6. Terms of availability — FRBR “Obtain”
  7. Item specific information (Now sprinkled through the proposal)

Chapters 6-7 — FRBR Find

  • Relationships between FRBR and Group 1
    • works
    • expressions
    • manifestations
    • items
  • Relationships between FRBR Group 1 and Group 2 entities
    • persons
    • corporate bodies
    • families

“New” Part B

  • General guidelines for Access point control
  • Authorized forms
  • Variant forms

Some “big issues”

  • Its a compromise between AACR2 and what’s new.
    • Means compatibility is important
    • needed to maintain international agreements
  • Content vs. display
    • RDA will be a content, not display standard
  • Transcription
    • How important is data transcription to record identification?


How many countries are involved in the RDA development?
US, Canada, UK and Australia.