An investigation into cataloguers’ experiences with RDA.
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WALICKA, A. and MACLENNAN, A. . An investigation into cataloguers’ experiences with RDA. Journal of librarianship and information science [online] (accepted).
The 1998 publication of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) IFLA (1998) and the 2010 release of the new cataloguing standard based thereon, Resource Description and Access (RDA), have led to a greater amount of debate that was unusual in the relatively stable world of bibliographic cataloguing (Gorman, 2016; Tennant 2007; Coyle and Hillman 2007). The release of new versions of RDA’s predecessor, Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition (AACR2) had been in response to feedback from within the profession, but the changing online environment which was part of the justification for a new standard meant that this was the first time that development of the standard would be carried out in such a public forum. The research described here aimed to investigate practising cataloguers’ experiences of using RDA, and to discover what issues they encounter and discuss, while RDA is still subject to review and amendment. The aim was achieved by establishing the nature of the changes from AACR2 to RDA, and documenting and exploring cataloguers’ opinions and concerns regarding their understanding of the theoretical concepts behind RDA and the new Library Reference Model (LRM). These objectives were met by a content analysis of the archives of two listservs, by means of a qualitative approach which enabled observation of the process of further refinement of RDA, and the concurrent level and content of interactivity amongst participating professionals.