I'm just back from Midwinter. This thread was still in my email and I wanted to share with you the fact (Marjorie, please correct me if I'm wrong!) that the potential for rather substantial changes to the current RDA draft still exists. There was little to no discussion of RDA content issues at CC:DA accordingly.
All of this means that it will be somewhat tricky to teach, as you would have to be very clear that what you are teaching could change. Again - I will not teach it, other than to alert students to the process and to some of the major changes (explicit incorporation of FRBR entities; major changes in the recording of content/carrier... information, etc.) and to invite those interested to read it.
We were reminded at CC:DA (echoing messages on this list, if I remember correctly) that the move from AACR to AACR2 took several years. And recall that the draft of the 1949 rules for entry appeared in 1941 :-) We were also pointed to Stephen Knowlton's new article in the most recent edition of LRTS.
Associate Professor and Chair, PhD Program
University of Washington
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Although we'll be hearing more from the Co-Publishers during the ALA Mid-winter conference, the intent is to issue RDA in its first release during the second half of calendar 2009. As has been previously announced, the national libraries (LC, NLM, and NAL) as well as their outside-the-US counterparts (British Library, Library and Archives Canada, and the National Library of Australia) will be doing testing of RDA prior to any adoption. And then, certainly, we want to give people time for RDA training prior to implementation. Looking into my rather murky RDA crystal ball, I would anticipate that the adoption of RDA won't take place until sometime in 2010. Please know we (those of us intimately involved in the RDA development process) are very much aware of all of this and are factoring it in.
While there will be changes in the format of headings (e.g., the Bible), making those changes should be considerably easier than it was in 1981, thanks to our ability to make computerized global changes.
But I do agree with Arlene regarding the need to have a knowledge and understanding of AACR2. There is no way that we are going to convert 27 years bibliographic records to RDA. They're going to be with us for many years to come and ISBD (minimally the order of areas and elements) will still be useful for display under certain circumstances.
Like the rest of us, I'm trying to get my mind around "how do I teach RDA?" and I've found some of the recent suggestions and perspectives expressed on this list extremely useful.
Marjorie E. Bloss, Lecturer (and also RDA Project Manager)
Graduate School of Library & Information Science
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