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November 12 2014 - 10:00
November 12 2014 - 16:00

About the Event

Course summary

This one-day seminar aims to present an overview of Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new cataloguing standard, and how it relates specifically to serials cataloguing.  The emphasis is on giving a detailed overview of Resource Description and Access (RDA) for serials.  The session will not aim to teach you all you need to know about RDA – it is a starting point and will, during the workshop session, give attendees the opportunity to discuss real examples and look at the type of records they are likely to encounter.

Why you should attend

Resource Description and Access (RDA) was published in 2010 and is the new cataloguing code designed to implement the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR).  It supersedes the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2) which were originally published in 1978 with revisions produced until 2002 and, as such, RDA represents a major change for cataloguing staff.  RDA was fully implemented at the British Library and at the Library of Congress in April 2013.  This one-day seminar is aimed particularly at staff cataloguing serials, preferably those who already have a basic understanding of FRBR and want to learn more about RDA and serials.  It may also be of interest to those working with metadata but not specifically creating it.

Course level and previous knowledge required

This is an introduction to RDA for staff with
•    experience of serials cataloguing and/or
•    knowledge of and interest in serials metadata.

Learning objectives

Delegates should gain an overview of
•    how RDA developed and its relationship to FRBR
•    the key changes between AACR2 and RDA and how they impact upon serials cataloguing
•    a good overview of RDA as it is applied to serials, through presentations and a workshop discussing real examples.


UKSG members:    £180.00 + £36.00 VAT [20%] (total £216.00)
Non-members:    £230.00 + £46.00 VAT [20%] (total £276.00)

The fee includes refreshments and lunch.


Conference Suite
The British Library
Boston Spa
West Yorks
LS23 7BQ

Tel.: 0843 208 1144 (Reception/Switchboard)


Speakers have not yet been finalised but will include Louise Howlett, Serials Record Handling Manager and Director of ISSN-UK.

10.15   Registration and coffee

10.30   Welcome and introduction by the Chair and UKSG representative
Fiona Ainsworth, Collections & Services Librarian, Library, Art & Archives,
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

•    RDA introduction and background
•    Presentation on manifestations

11.45   Break

•    Presentation on identifiers, series, mode of issuance and frequency
•    Presentation on carriers
•    Presentation on expressions

12.45   Lunch

•    Presentation on works
•    Presentation on describing content
•    Presentation on relationships
•    What kind of records might you see?

14.30   Break

14.45   Practical workshop
Attendees will be split into small discussion groups to look in detail at practical examples of material catalogued using RDA.

15.30   Break

15.45   Questions and wrap-up

16.00   Close of seminar

How to book

The closing date for booking this event has now passed.  For further information please contact Karen Sadler by email or phone +44 (0)1865 310834.

Venue location details will be sent with confirmation of booking.

Transport to and from York Station (pick-up point near Memorial Gardens - at 09.45) will be provided by the British Library – reserve a seat via the booking form.

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By Tuesday 4 November 2014 - full refund
From Wednesday 5 November 2014 - no refund

NB:  UKSG reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.


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