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Getting Around in the RDA Toolkit. Marjorie E. Bloss, Lecturer Dominican University 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

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…

The log in screen

The Log-in Screen

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

The rda tab

The RDA Tab

Rda introductory material

RDA Introductory Material

Rda instructions attributes

RDA Instructions: Attributes

Rda instructions relationships

RDA Instructions: Relationships

Rda appendices

RDA Appendices

Rda appendices 2

RDA Appendices, 2

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

Book marking rda instructions

Book Marking RDA Instructions

Bookmarked instruction

Bookmarked Instruction

Print function

Print Function

The tools tab

The Tools Tab

Rda element set view

RDA Element Set View

Rda to marc mapping

RDA to MARC Mapping

Rda shared workflows

RDA Shared Workflows

Entity relationship diagrams

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

Resources Tab

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:

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

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