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Outcomes of the 2013 JSC Meeting 11 December 2013

Held in Washington, D.C., USA, November 4-8, 2013

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) met at American Library Association Washington Office, in Washington, D.C., USA, from November 4-8, 2013. Troy Linker and James Hennelly, representing ALA Publishing, also attended; eleven other observers also attended the public sessions of the meeting.

New JSC Chair for 2014-2015 4 December 2013

Gordon Dunsire is the new Chair of JSC for 2014-2015, following his election as Chair-Elect at the JSC's meeting in November 2012. Gordon has been the CILIP representative to the JSC since 2012, and a member of the CILIP-BL Committee on RDA since 2003. He is a member of the FRBR Review Group and ISBD Linked Data Study Group, and chairs the IFLA Namespaces Technical Group. He has followed a library career path of cataloger, systems librarian, technical services manager, and researcher in digital libraries, and is now an independent consultant. Gordon lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

November 2013 JSC Meeting Agenda 14 October 2013

The agenda for the November 2013 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) is now available. The JSC will meet November 4-8, 2013 in Washington, D.C., USA, at the American Library Association Washington Office building (1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW).

2013 RDA Proposals, Discussion Papers, Etc. 13 August 2013

The proposals, discussion papers, etc., related to revision and development of RDA from the JSC constituencies and others have been submitted for discussion at the November 4-8, 2013 JSC meeting in Washington, D.C., USA. A table of the documents is available for your use.

The documents are posted in the constituency proposals section of this web site. JSC responses to the documents will be posted by early October. Constituency responses to the new proposals are due October 5, 2013.

New ALA JSC Member 8 July 2013

Kathy Glennan joined the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) on July 1, 2013. She replaced John Attig as the representative of the American Library Association (ALA).

2013 Meeting of the Joint Steering Committee 2 May 2013

The 2013 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) will be the week of November 4-9, 2013, in Washington, D.C., USA.

The deadline for proposals for this November 2013 meeting is August 5, 2013.

Proposals for revision of RDA instructions emanating from within the author countries of RDA should be submitted through their respective constituent bodies of JSC. Proposals for revision of RDA instructions emanating from outside the author countries of RDA should be submitted to Barbara Tillett, Chair of the JSC.

RDA Toolkit Schedule for 2013 2 April 2013

[Reposting the announcement from the RDA Toolkit blog]

The RDA Toolkit release schedule for 2013 has been revised. RDA Toolkit releases will take place in May, July, and November in 2013. Releases always take place on the second Tuesday of a release month.

2013 RDA Toolkit Release Schedule:

  • May 14
  • July 9
  • November 12

The May release is expected to include French and German translations of RDA as well as the complete rewording of RDA as requested by the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee.

RDA Training Materials from JSC Constituencies 25 March 2013


The training documentation used by the National Library of Australia for the RDA train-the-trainer courses held in late 2012 is now published on the ACOC Website (

These training materials are freely available to be used by individuals or institutions for information, background or for use in training. These documents are available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia license. Use of these materials should be attributed as follows:

"New" JSC Members 25 March 2013

Christine Frodl and Kevin Marsh joined the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) in January 2012. Kevin Marsh replaced Deirdre Kiorgaard as the representative of the Australian Committee on Cataloguing (ACOC). In December 2012, David Reser replaced Barbara Tillett as the Library of Congress representative to the JSC.

Information about these three JSC members is belatedly given below.

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2012 Approved RDA Proposals 11 February 2013

The final versions of the proposals approved by the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA during and after its November 2012 meeting have been posted on this web site. See the "Sec final" documents listed in the table of new working documents or consult a specific proposal in the constituency proposals section.