Tuesday, April 18, 2006

RDA: Resource Description and Access

Now available RDA: Resource Description and Access Part I - Constituency Review of December 2005 Draft and RDA: Resource Description and Access Part I - Constituency Review of January 2006 Draft of Chapter 3 from the UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
Our cataloguing community must respond to a broader range of views, and not confine itself to the thoughts of cataloguing specialists, important and informed as they (i.e. we) are. Whether we like it or not, other packaging formats are now well-established (and there will be more). We can choose competition or collaboration with them; If we compete, we will lose; whereas if we collaborate, we may have a chance of spreading the core gospel before it is too late. Most of the newer formats are becoming aware of the need for content standardisation. If RDA doesn't suit them, they will invent their own (which is almost certainly their natural inclination).

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