RDA 4 Everyone Session Descriptions








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Keynote Presentation (10:15 AM to 11:15 AM)

Library Collections: Exploring, Sharing, Magnifying--a Metadata Strategy Ted Fons, Executive Director for Data Services and WorldCat Quality Management (OCLC)

Ted’s talk, “Library Collections: Exploring, Sharing, Magnifying--a Metadata Strategy,” will explore the challenges and benefits of moving from the traditional record-based metadata environment to metadata management in the web of data and will focus on trends in entity-based data management and benefits across all library workflows.


Breakout Session 1 (11:30 AM to 12:20 PM)






OMG it's RDA : What Public Services Staff Need to Know (Without TMI)


Public Services Elizabeth Hegstsrom (Cleveland Public Library)

RDWhat? You know your catalogers have been mumbling about new rules for a while, and depending on who you ask, it sounds like this is either the end times for cataloging or the dawn of a golden new age. Cleveland Public Library Technical Services staff will cut through the apocalyptic hysteria and the jargon-laden obfuscation to give you the plain story on what RDA means now and going forward for Public Services staff.

This session will provide a brief overview of why catalogers are adopting the new cataloging rules, what changes staff can expect to see in their catalog records, and how the changes will affect displays and searching. We will also cover some the benefits that are expected to come when library catalogs begin to take full advantage of the new data in RDA records.

Easy Transitions 4 Everyone   Managers Morag Boyd (The Ohio State University)

The Special Collections Description and Access Department at Ohio State University Libraries has made the RDA transition twice! We applied lessons from the first transition to make the second even smoother. Learn from us too by hearing about training approaches, making review easy and fun, and engaging everyone in continuous learning.

K-12 Copy Cataloging with RDA   Copy Catalogers Misty Alvaro (OHIONET-consultant) & Susan Furniss (OHIONET-staff)

K-12 library copy catalogers can expect to see more and more RDA records in their regular workflows, but there's nothing to fear! This session was designed to demystify the most common changes from AACR2 for the cataloger with limited time and resources. Even without a robust implementation and training plan, you can assess the quality of bib records in your databases and make confident, user-focused decisions. This practical presentation will teach you how to identify RDA and hybrid records, briefly explain key philosophical differences behind the changes, and focus on specific examples in MARC. We will also provide links to free RDA cataloging tools and sample records from K-12 library catalogs.

RDA with a Twist of ONIX--21st Century Caloging in a Linked Data World Managers Tom Adamich (Mitinet Library Services)

Linked data is a daily reality; just search in Google. Book and media materials discovery has expanded beyond MARC to include other materials documentation standards including ONIX. These standards embrace many of RDA's more modular sensibilities (capitalization, full words, real-time transcription, etc.)

This session will profile one company's RDA-based cataloging production processes and provide tips and strategies on how libraries can also leverage other important documentation standards such as ONIX. We'll also profile the Mitinet Library Services Independent Contract Cataloger Internship/Training Program and its success as a virtual cataloging production house.


Breakout Session 2 (1:40 PM to 2:30 PM)

Making RDA Easy(er) with MarcEdit   Copy Catalogers Terry Reese (The Ohio State University)

MarcEdit has long been used by librarians to perform global edits on large batches of records. However, less well known, MarcEdit includes tools that can data conversion to RDA a much less painless process. Through the RDA Helper and user defined automated tasks, MarcEdit can help to make transitioning data to RDA an easier one.

Understanding RDA: How May I Help You?*



*Additional materials available upon request.  Please see slide 11 for a complete list.  Contact Shelly Miller for more information.

Public Services Ian Fairclough (George Mason University)

Most public service librarians won't usually be applying the new cataloging standards in RDA themselves, but an understanding of what they entail can promote better customer service.  The objective of this session is to help you get a basic level of understanding, and to know what matters in current catalog standards.

Rather than discussing the process of cataloging, we'll examine the results. We'll see how the new standards can help both you and the patron to better understand what resources are available to address their information needs. Attention will be paid to how records prepared according to RDA are integrated within the database of existing records done according to earlier standards.  Will your catalog work as effectively in the context of RDA records?  We'll look at various concerns - and hope that the answer is yes!

RDA Without Tears: One Library's Implementation Story Managers Regina Houseman & Barbara Satow (Cleveland Public Library)

In this presentation, Cleveland Public Library Technical Services staff will share our experience of implementing RDA and the unique challenges we faced as a large public and research library, a participant in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), and as the hub of the CLEVNET library consortium. We will discuss why we adopted the new rules when we did, and the preparations made to introduce staff to RDA. We will discuss some of the problems and the opportunities presented by our training.

In addition to RDA basics, Library of Congress/PCC policies and
interpretations of RDA became an important consideration in our adoption process. We will also discuss how we worked to tweak our ILS and OPAC to "play nice" with RDA records. Finally, we will discuss our efforts to spread the word about RDA beyond Technical Services departments to our Public Services staff and the CLEVNET member libraries.

RDA Implementation in the OPAL Consortium   Copy Catalogers Betsy Salt (Otterbein University) & David Powell (Methodist Theological School in Ohio)

The RDA Working Group, an informal subcommittee of the OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries) Cataloging Committee was formed in 2011 to research the then under development RDA (Resource Description and Access) cataloging code and make recommendations to the entire membership of the OPAL Cataloging Committee on how to proceed with implementing RDA cataloging in the 24 small academic libraries which make up the OPAL Consortium. All of the OPAL libraries share one Innovative Interfaces, Inc. library system and share a public catalog, so it was important to develop some guidelines for RDA cataloging that all of the OPAL catalogers could follow.  Thus, the RDA Working Group for OPAL was born.

This presentation will include a little theoretical background on the RDA cataloging code but will be largely practical in nature showing examples from some of the training materials created for the OPAL catalogers that may be helpful to other catalogers who are beginning to encounter RDA records in OCLC more and more frequently in copy cataloging and who are beginning to perform original cataloging following the rules of the RDA cataloging code.


Breakout Session 3 (2:40 PM to 3:30 PM)

RDAExpress -- What Is It and Why Do I Care?   Managers Dianne Coan & Kim Mumbower (The Library Corporation)

Come learn about a new data service, RDAExpress, which converts legacy records to RDA in less time than any cataloger can learn the RDA standard. Also, learn the value that RDA in MARC can bring to your discovery tools. RDAExpress can be your library’s next step in the transition towards Linked Data.

"It's a bird! It's a plane! It's RDA!"--Graphic Novels, Artist Books, and the Other Colorful Aspects of RDA Copy Catalogers Rex Hughes, II (The Ohio State University)

The guidelines for plain text materials in RDA may be straightforward, but how should copy catalogers tackle the occasional superhero comic that comes flying across our desks? And while the rest of the world is asking whether or not modern art counts, we face another dilemma: "But is it chiefly illustrated?"

In this workshop, we will cover the rules regarding two-dimensional, illustrative content according to RDA and LC-PCC PS. The workshop will feature a variety of illustrative formats, including graphic novels, artist books, slides, exhibition catalogs, and trading cards. The instructor will also present a number of examples from the Ohio State University Special Collections and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own examples or questions pertaining to "still image" materials as we discuss the state of the arts within RDA.

Murder She Wrote!  Killing it wiht RDA for Your Staff and Patrons   Public Services Staff Connie Strait (Greene County Public Library)

What can you and your patrons expect to find when searching in the OPAC classic versus discovery layer? How can RDA records affect your search with such things as changed name headings, General Materials Designations (GMDs), and the display/indexing of new MARC fields and the CMC conundrum of Content, Media, Carrier? Public services staff: come and find out how that old OPAC is still there but not exactly as it used to be.

RDA is Here...Now What Do We Do? Public Services Staff Teanna Weeks (Shaker Heights Public Schools)

The specter of RDA has been on the horizon for some time now, causing an uproar in the world of Technical Services. Yet the question for Public Services staff remains: “What is RDA and what does it mean to me?” In this session, Teanna Weeks will present differences between RDA and AACR2 and how these differences affect you and your customers.






























































































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