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Broadening the appeal of RDA through the 3R Project and RDA Governance 16 June 2017

The RDA Board reaffirm their commitment to the changes being made to improve the structure of the Toolkit as part of the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project, also known as the 3R Project, and the continuing implementation of the new Governance model.

Outcomes from RDA Board Meetings 15 June 2017

Outcomes documents from the 2017 and 2016 annual RDA Board meetings have been posted on the RDA Board Meetings webpage.

Posted 15 June 2017

Meeting with Specialist Cataloguing Communities 13 June 2017

Members of the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) will be meeting with representatives from specialist cataloguing communities (cartographic, A-V, rare materials, archives, etc.) on June 26 in Chicago during the ALA Annual Conference.

The discussion will focus on RDA's coverage of the cataloguing of such materials and where improvements might be made (addition of elements, etc.) The RSC is revising RDA content this year as part of the 3R Project: RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project.

April News Items from RSC 24 April 2017

Linda Barnhart took on the role of RSC Secretary effective April 20, and can be reached at Email sent to her former Secretary-Elect address will be automatically forwarded.

Special RDA Event in Chicago May 16, 2017 8 March 2017

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) cordially invites interested catalogers and metadata application developers to a special, one-day event of focused discussion of some of the current challenges for RDA.

"Reconstructing RDA in the LRM: aggregations, authorities, and appellations" will be held in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, preceding the RSC meeting. The specific location, and other event details, will be announced shortly.

2016 Approved RDA Proposals 6 March 2017

The final versions of the proposals approved by the RDA Steering Committee during and after the November 2016 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 2017 Update of RDA Toolkit.

Implementation of the LRM in RDA 3 February 2017

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) agreed at its November 2016 meeting to adopt the draft IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM) as a conceptual model for the development of RDA: Resource Description and Access, replacing the Functional Requirements family of models (FRBR, FRAD, and FRSAD) that are superseded by the LRM.

RDA Board Appointments 27 January 2017

The RDA Board is pleased to announce the results of the recent appointments process which was undertaken at the end of 2016. This marks the formal adoption of the new governance structure by the Board and in particular a change from specific constituents being represented on Board to National Institution Representatives for each region.

The following representatives and institutions have been appointed to the RDA Board.

RSC Meetings and Outreach in 2017 19 January 2017

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) will meet twice in 2017.

The first meeting will take place on May 17-19 2017 in Chicago, USA, at ALA Headquarters.

The second meeting will take place in Madrid, Spain, at Biblioteca Nacional de España. Dates for the three-day meeting in October or early November 2017 will be announced in due course.

The main item on the agenda at both meetings will be the development of the content of RDA Toolkit during the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign (3R) Project, leading to the release of the new design in April 2018.

RSC Translations Team Liaison Officer Appointed and RDA Reference Translation News 16 December 2016

Daniel Paradis has been appointed as the Translations Team Liaison Officer on the RDA Steering Committee (RSC), effective December 1, 2016. This appointment is another step in the expansion of governance planned for the RSC, and is the first of the new specialist officer roles to be activated. In this role, Daniel will also take on leadership of the RDA Translations Working Group from James Hennelly, with immediate effect. The Translations Team Liaison Officer represents the interests of RDA translators and the Translations Working Group on RSC.