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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.

RLS-athon in Edinburgh Follows Maurice Dance in Wellington 26 November 2015

The RLS-athon, focusing on Robert Louis Stevenson and his works, is the latest Jane-athon. It was held November 9, 2015 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation in Edinburgh, Scotland, following the JSC meeting. The event was organized by the Cataloguing and Indexing Group Scotland in collaboration with the JSC.

RDA Governance Review Takes First Step in Implementation 7 November 2015

On Friday 6th November 2015, the first step in implementing the recent review of the RDA Governance Model was taken with the launch of the new governance branding.

At a reception, which followed the Joint Steering Committee meeting in Edinburgh, the names of the Committee of Principals and Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA changed to the RDA Board and RDA Steering Committee (RSC).

Jane-athon Success Continues 20 October 2015

Following the success of the first Jane-athon in Chicago in January 2015, similar events have taken place, or are scheduled to take place, around the world in San Francisco and Boston (USA), London (England), Wellington (New Zealand), and Edinburgh (Scotland). “Jane-athon” has become a generic term for these events.

November 2015 JSC Meeting Agenda 12 October 2015

The agenda for the November 2015 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) is now available. The JSC will meet November 2-6, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the National Library of Scotland, Board Room.