NISO/NASIG Joint Webinar: Not Business as Usual: Special cases in RDA serials cataloging


About the Webinar

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is a standard for descriptive cataloging, replacing AACR2, that provides instructions and guidelines on formulating bibliographic data in a linked data environment. Cataloging of special materials, such as reproductions, microforms, rare materials, etc. has always had unique requirements, which is also true when using RDA for serials cataloging. Catalogers dealing with these special materials are experimenting with using RDA to meet the needs of their users and staff to effectively describe these resources.

Presenters during this joint NISO/NASIG Webinar will explore the topic of specialized RDA cataloging, the different formats requiring an extra level of data for cataloging, and share experiences with converting specialized collections into RDA. 

Event Sessions



Melissa Johnson

MLIS, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian, Reese Library
Georgia Regents University

Filling in the Blanks: RDA for Moving Images and Music


The presenter will cover Resource Description and Access (RDA) and special format materials, multimedia materials that consist of items made up of more than one type of material. These can include books or serials in conjunction with audio tapes, video tapes, DVDs, as well as various other combinations of non-book materials. This issue presents serials catalogers with both a problem and a solution: the problem presents as a lack of specific “guidance” for most special format materials; and the solution is based in development of community-based best practice guides.

Also covered will be the RDA best practice guides:

CONSER Implementation of RDA


The presenter will talk about the development of CONSER guidelines for implementing RDA for bibliographic description, as well as development of RDA serials training. Background provided will be based on implementation of the CONSER standard record RDA elements. The Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) perspective on how certain types of reproductions will also be discussed. The Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statement 1.11 implemented in February of 2015 essentially reverts the practice outlined in RDA 1.11 to the previous AACR2/LCRI practice for microform and print on demand reproductions. The PCC practice is to record data from the original in RDA elements and treat details of the reproduction as related manifestations for microforms and print on demand reproductions.

Applying the RDA CONSER Standard Record to Rare Serials


In this session, Maxwell will demonstrate cataloging a simple rare serial, emphasizing the rare provisions in the RDA CONSER Standard Record.

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on May 20, 2015. Cancellations made by May 13, 2015 will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.

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