RDA Toolkit Update

The October RDA Toolkit update was published on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. This update consisted largely of corrections, revised examples, and Fast Track changes from the RSC as outlined in document RSC/Sec/5 available at the RSC website. The synchronization work that began in August continues now with the harmonization of glossary terms, relationship designators and their definitions in RDA instructions and appendices.

The RDA Toolkit is in the initial stages of the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project. As part of this project, RDA Toolkit user stories are being collected. Please consider contributing your stories here.

Just a reminder, too, that the link to the Best Practices Supplements that are accessible via the MLA CMC website has been changed. The new link text ishttp://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/resource/resmgr/BCC_RDA/Supp_RDA_Best_Practices.pdf.

While none of the changes in this update are specific to music, there are a few changes worth noting. RDA instruction (Recording Mode of Issuance) now points to a list of terms rather than a table of terms and definitions. RDA, 2nd paragraph (Illustrative Content: Scope) makes changes regarding illustrative material: excluding “tables containing only words and/or numerical data,” and removing the instruction to “disregard illustrated title pages, etc. and minor illustrations.” There are several changes to chapter 17 (General Guidelines for Recording Primary Relationships). Finally, clarification regarding surnames of Dutch origin has been added to Appendix F.11.3 (Recording Surnames that Include an Article or a Preposition).

The update also included changes to several LC-PCC Policy Statements, summarized in this document available at the LC website.