Discussion paper by CCC: Internationalization and RDA Appendix A Capitalization: Discussion Paper

July 30, 2014

Internationalization and RDA Appendix A Capitalization: Discussion Paper

Canadian Committee on Cataloguing (CCC)

6JSC/CCC/Discussion/1/ALA response  Internationalization and RDA Appendix A Capitalization: Discussion Paper  (September 9, 2014)

RDA Worldwide at ALA Annual in Anaheim


The ALCTS International Relations Committee, the ALCTS CaMMS RDA Conference Forums and Programs Task Force, and the ALCTS CaMMS Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) invite you to RDA Worldwide. This panel discussion will be given at ALA Annual, on Sunday, June 24, 2012, from 1:30-3:30 pm, in Room 304AB, Anaheim Convention Center.

Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new guidelines for library cataloging and metadata creation, is intended for use in an international context. RDA is also very much a work in progress. To what extent has RDA succeeded in going beyond AACR2’s Anglo-American context? How is implementation now proceeding in different world regions, and what are the potential impacts on developments in the United States? This panel discussion will present multiple perspectives on these unfolding questions.

The panel will feature four speakers. Troy Linker, Publisher, ALA Digital Reference, will serve as responder. The panel will be moderated by David Miller, ALCTS IRC Chair.

  1. Christine Frodl, Head of Cataloguing Standards, German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek), will give an overview of German cataloguing traditions, the pre-RDA situation in Germany and preparations for RDA. The German National Library plans to implement RDA in 2013, following the timelines of the Library of Congress and other national libraries represented on the Joint Steering Committee. Her talk will also focus on issues of the translation of RDA into German, and on activities of EURIG, the European RDA Interest Group.
  2. Ageo García, Latin American Librarian, Tulane University, will speak on RDA and Latin America: Transitions, Preparations, and Perspectives. Many countries in Latin America have been using AACR2 and MARC21 to build their catalogs. The region is determined to prepare for and embrace the challenges presented by the conceptual, functional and technological changes of the digital environment. There is an array of preparations in the area to implement RDA, including the translation of RDA into Spanish.
  3. Chris (Christine) Todd, Team Leader, Cataloguing Team 1, National Library of New Zealand, will describe the New Zealand cataloguing context, then discuss the National Library’s preparations for RDA to date, as well as the Library’s plans now that implementation decisions have been made. She will also identify some aspects of RDA that National Library cataloguers have raised concerns about.
  4. Lee Kai, Cataloger, Capital Library of China, Beijing, and MLIS student, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. This presentation will provide a basic understanding about the Chinese cataloging community in which RDA will be implemented, focusing on the two of the most influential library consortia in China, the National Library of China and China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS). The current development of RDA in China will be presented, especially in terms of research, staff training, and catalogers’ and system librarians’ responses to the new code.