RDA Webinar Series (Part Three): RDA, Policy Statements, and MGDs: How the Documentation Works Together

This third session of the New and Official RDA Toolkit webinar series dives into the Toolkit's content structure, policy statements, and Metadata Guidance Documentation (MGDs).

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:

  • Learn the content structure of the Toolkit and how the policy statements fill in the gaps
  • Learn to navigate RDA Toolkit and search cataloging rules
  • Learn the concept and relationship between superelements and subelements

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


Melanie Polutta is a senior Cataloging Policy Specialist in the Policy, Training, and Cooperative Programs Division at the Library of Congress. She has been a cataloger at LC since 2000, involved with NACO from early in her career, and was actively involved in RDA from the earliest opportunity.

She is the project leader of LC-PCC Policy Statements for the official RDA Toolkit. She also serves as one of the main reviewers/editors of Metadata Guidance Documentation for new RDA. She has given numerous update/presentations on RDA and LC-PCC Policy Statements since 2020.

She now serves as one of the two LC reps on NARDAC, and is the backup NARDAC representative to the RSC.

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