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RSC Secretary Appointed 21 July 2016

Linda Barnhart joined the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) on July 18, 2016. She will succeed Judy Kuhagen, RSC Secretary, who will conclude her service in April 2017; this overlap period will allow for thorough training and a smooth transition. The RSC Secretary supports and coordinates processes which support the development and promotion of RDA.

Making RDA Relevant to the Broader Community : a statement from the RDA Board 24 June 2016

RDA is a continually evolving standard that aims to reflect the requirements of the description, cataloguing and metadata community. One of its original aims was to be applicable across cultures, sectors and perspectives. What does that mean, and what is happening to make that a reality?

RDA is a package of data elements, guidelines, and instructions for creating library and cultural heritage resource metadata that are well-formed according to international models for user-focussed linked data applications.

Posting for RSC Secretary 30 May 2016

The RDA Board and RDA Steering Committee (RSC) are seeking a qualified library professional with expertise in RDA and cataloging to take on the role of RSC Secretary. The purpose of the role is to support and coordinate processes which support the development and promotion of RDA. This is a contract position with a 3-year term, and there is no location requirement (the work may be done from home). There will be a period of overlap with the term of the current secretary to allow for thorough training and a fluid transition for this crucial post.

RDA Full Record Examples and Rballs 23 May 2016

The RDA full record examples on the Toolkit website have been revised. The examples show authority and bibliographic records in both an RDA element view and a MARC encoding view of the record.

There are also two examples showing diagrams of specific RDA entities, elements, and relationships. More will be added later.

That examples page also includes a link to rball versions of some of the bibliographic examples; they are available in both RIMMF native RDA format and RDF linked data format.

2015 Approved RDA Proposals 9 March 2016

The final versions of the proposals approved by the RDA Steering Committee during and after the November 2015 meeting have been posted on this website. Access to these "Sec final" documents is available via the new documents page (

The changes in RDA will not be in effect until they appear in the April 2016 Update of RDA Toolkit.

Italian Translation and Other International Activities 8 March 2016

The RSC welcomes the addition of the Italian translation of RDA to RDA Toolkit. The translation joins the English, Finnish, French, German, and Spanish versions of RDA already available. The new translation is accessible to all with a subscription to RDA Toolkit, and is complete through the April 2014 update to RDA.

New Protocol with NDMSO and Other Updates 29 January 2016

The RSC is pleased to announce the publication of a protocol with the Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office (NDMSO). It is a light-weight agreement "to support communication between the editorial processes of the RSC and the NDMSO in order to improve synchronization of relevant MARC 21 documentation with changes to RDA vocabularies and designators, and to support semantic interoperability between data compatible with RDA and data compatible with the MARC 21 formats."

New DNB RSC Member 13 January 2016

Renate Behrens joined the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) on January 8, 2016. She replaced Christine Frodl as the representative of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.

Information about Renate is given below.

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Renate Behrens has worked in the German National Library’s Office for Library Standards since 2008, engaged in project management and cooperation between libraries and library networks in the German-speaking countries. She has previously worked in other areas of the Library, including the Cataloguing Department, Subject Heading Department, and ISSN-Centre.

Outcomes of the 2015 JSC Meeting 8 December 2015

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) met at the National Library of Scotland, in Edinburgh, Scotland, from November 2-6, 2015. For outcomes of this meeting, see RSC/Outcomes/2015.

Full RDA Examples Updated 3 December 2015

The full RDA examples posted on the RDA Toolkit blog have been updated. These examples show an RDA element set view and the nearest equivalent MARC 21 encoding view of bibliographic and authority records. Some examples have been replaced, and a few new examples have been added. The examples are freely available to all. No subscription to RDA Toolkit is required to access and download the examples.