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BSM058 Cataloguing and Classification RDA : Resource Description and Access © Robert Gordon University 2013 1 RDA : Resource Description and Access Topic Preview This topic looks at RDA, Resource Description and Access, which is the long-awaited replacement for AACR2. It is founded in the principles set out in FRBR, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. The advent of RDA has met with mixed responses, some feeling that it constitutes too much of as change, others that it is not change enough. Its cost is also perceived as a drawback. Topic Content The new AACR? RDA started life as the proposed AACR3, a long-awaited major revision of the standard, refreshed for the electronic age, and to be available as an online resource, in addition to the printed format. However the publication of FRBR in 1998 introduced a new vision of what bibliographic records, and therefore catalogues, should be able to do, and the name change emphasises this, as well as implying the removal of an Anglo-American orientation. RDA is intended to facilitate the creation of catalogues which are better suited to the FRBR tasks of Find, Identify, Select and Obtain. In particular, it is intended to emphasise the importance of content, rather than container, and to draw the user’s attention to works related in many potentially interesting ways to their initial search. It’s also aligned with the Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) which were published in 2009. Authority data deals with things like authoritative forms of names, and some of our FRBR entities (people and corporate bodies, for example) have names, so they become part of the Rules. AACR2 had rules about names, too, but dealing only with how they were presented. AACR2 was simple Well, it might not have seemed all that simple – two parts, one about description and one about access, Part 1 consisting of Chapter 1, the General Rules, and chapters 2 to 12 about specific materials, and Part 2 about headings and access: Chapter 21 – choice of access points Chapter 22 - headings for persons Chapter 23 - headings for geographic names Chapter 24 - headings for corporate bodies
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BSM058 Cataloguing and Classification RDA : Resource Description and Access © Robert Gordon University 2013 2 Chapter 25 – Uniform titles Chapter 26 – References And, just as a reminder, first you create the description, according
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