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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 the rda toolkit

Getting Around in theRDA Toolkit

Marjorie E. Bloss, Lecturer

Dominican University

[email protected]

some background information
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 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…
what to look at first
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
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
rda tricks of the trade
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
schemas
Schemas
  • 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)
rda searching features
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
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
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
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
An Important URL
  • To receive further information about the RDA Toolkit:

http://www.rdatoolkit.org/

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

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