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Getting Around in the RDA Toolkit. Marjorie E. Bloss, Lecturer Dominican University [email protected] Some Background Information. The RDA Toolkit has been developed by the three co-publishers responsible for RDA The American Library Association The Canadian Library Association

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Getting Around in theRDA Toolkit

Marjorie E. Bloss, Lecturer

Dominican University

[email protected]

Some Background Information

  • The RDA Toolkit has been developed by the three co-publishers responsible for RDA

    • The American Library Association

    • The Canadian Library Association

    • The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

  • These are the same groups that published AACR2

  • The JSC is responsible for RDA instructions themselves

RDA Rules and Software

  • RDA requires learning not only the instructions themselves but also the software supporting those rules

  • Need to become familiar with what is included in the RDA Toolkit and its features

  • Will only hit the highlights

  • Let’s look at what awaits us…

The Log-in Screen

What To Look At First

  • Click on “Help” at the bottom

  • Provides general information about the software to include:

    • Search Tips 

    • QuickStart Guide

    • Navigating the RDA Toolkit

    • User-Contributed Content

    • Support and Feedback Options

  • (Always a good idea to read the directions)

RDA Toolkit’s Three Tabs

  • Once you are grounded in how the RDA Toolkit software works, it is now time to look at the contents of the Toolkit.

  • These are divided into three tabs, found on the left-hand side of the screen

    • RDA

    • Tools

    • Resources

  • We will examine each individually

The RDA Tab

RDA Introductory Material

RDA Instructions: Attributes

RDA Instructions: Relationships

RDA Appendices

RDA Appendices, 2

RDA Tricks of the Trade

  • After identifying a specific RDA instruction, a second menu bar appears allowing you to

    • Synchronize the Table of Contents

    • Bookmark a specific RDA instruction

    • Print RDA text

Book Marking RDA Instructions

Bookmarked Instruction

Print Function

The Tools Tab

RDA Element Set View

RDA to MARC Mapping

RDA Shared Workflows

Entity Relationship Diagrams


  • Schemas are the machine-readable representation of the elements in the ERD

  • The RDA Toolkit includes

    • Core

    • Enhanced

    • Specialized schemas

    • Universal schemas

    • Create schemas (where you can include ones you develop)

Resources Tab

RDA Searching Features

  • RDA has two search options

  • Buttons for these can be found at the top of the screen

    • Quick Search

    • Advanced Search

Quick Search

  • Found on the User Menu (upper right)

  • Used for

    • Specific RDA instruction number

      • Entering the instruction number with no quotes gets you directly to the instruction

      • Entering the instruction number with quotes displays all references to that instruction

    • Search phrase found in RDA chapters, appendices, and Glossary

Advanced Search

  • RDA and corresponding AACR2 rules

  • Instruction numbers

  • Description types, Media types, Issuance Types, and Work Types

  • Can search for any document in the Toolkit by

    • Phrase (with or without Boolean operators) – place phrase in quotes

    • Select additional narrowing options

    • Multiple documents and/or document sections

Brave New World

  • This is the first release of RDA

  • We are all in the learning stage

    • What works

    • What doesn’t work

    • What would work better if…

  • All those involved with RDA are committed to making improvements –

    • Need positive, constructive criticism

    • Need subscribers to keep an open mind

An Important URL

  • To receive further information about the RDA Toolkit:

    (This provides you with FAQs, Information about RDA, pricing information, and whom to contact regarding subscribing to RDA)


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