On-Demand Webinar: RDA Webinar Series (Part One): Official RDA: A Standard for Our Changing Times

This first session of the New and Official RDA Toolkit webinar series will introduce the fundamentals of the Official RDA and its background.

The four-part webinar series covers the basics of the official Resource Description and Access (RDA) Toolkit that one should know before using the standard and presents how to use the RDA Toolkit with other cataloging documentation, including policy statements and Metadata Guidance Documents (MGDs). Specific examples and detailed steps will be demonstrated in the presentations to help users understand not only the content structure of RDA in a comprehensive way but also ways to use the Toolkit with the assistance of cataloging documentation.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Get the background and basics of the Official RDA

Who Should Attend: Catalogers, metadata librarians, and anyone interested in RDA.


Kathy Glennan currently serves as the Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the University of Maryland. She has over 35 years of experience cataloging scores and audio recordings, at both the University of Southern California and the University of Maryland.

Since 2005, Kathy’s professional contributions and scholarship have focused on the development of RDA: Resource Description and Access, with a special emphasis on music cataloging instructions. From 2013-2017, she served as the ALA Representative to the JSC (later renamed the RDA Steering Committee, or RSC). In this role, she interpreted RDA instructions, identified problems, and shepherded change proposals from ALA to improve RDA. She also contributed to the implementation of a new governance model for RDA, including the establishment of the North American RDA Committee, for which she served as a founding member in 2018. In late 2017, the RDA Board appointed her the RSC Chair-Elect; she served as RSC Chair from 2019-2022 and will serve as RSC Past Chair in 2023.

Kathy has given numerous presentations on RDA, FRBR, LRM, and MARC Formats issues, including four ALCTS webinars relating to RDA; she also spoke during the 2017 ALCTS Exchange. She continues to speak about RDA to various professional organizations throughout the country and internationally. Many of her presentations are available via her web page (https://glennan.net/).

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