A Practical Approach to Cataloging with the New RDA

As catalogers transition from original RDA to the post-3R RDA, they will need to build their confidence in describing textual resources and understanding increasingly complex resources,  including monographs, aggregates, and diachronic works. This four-week eCourse is a practical guide for practitioners and LIS educators that will use a scaffolded approach and hands-on exercises to cover these concepts.

The scope of this course will be limited to RDA-based instructions.

Although the core content of this eCourse will be delivered asynchronously, an optional weekly live Q&A session will be available for those who wish to connect synchronously with the instructors. Participants will also have the chance to reflect on their own learning journey as a way of informing their own approach to teaching or training other cataloguers.

This course is open to a limited number of registrants. Due to limited enrollment in this course, we are only accepting up to 10 seats from a single institution in order to allow for others to register.

After completing this course, you will:

  • Understand basic concepts of IFLA LRM that will help you optimize your navigation of the official RDA Toolkit
  • Be able to explain the role of application profiles
  • Know how to make sense of different options available in RDA, when more than one is presented
  • Know the decision points that require cataloguers to refer to supplementary instructions supplied by their own communities

May Chan is Head, Metadata Services at University of Toronto Libraries. She has taught cataloguing as a sessional instructor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, the University of British Columbia’s School of Information, and the University of the Fraser Valley’s Library Information Technology program. Committed to making cataloguing standards as accessible as possible, May currently serves on the PCC Standing Committee on Training, the Cataloging Ethics Steering Committee, and the OCLC Global and Americas Regional Council as a delegate.

Elisa Sze is a metadata librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries, where she oversees English language cataloguing and co-chairs the Metadata Management Functional Team. In addition to her appointment with UTL, she is a sessional instructor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (iSchool), where she teaches a cataloguing course for its ALA-accredited Master of Information program. She currently serves on the RDA Steering Committee as the RDA Education and Orientation Officer and on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing as a member-at-large.

If you have questions or requests regarding accessibility, contact us at ce@ala.org or at 312-280-5100.