I confess I'm holding off really teaching RDA until it's available simply because RDA will be so different as an online tool than it is in the final draft print version. Which doesn't mean to say that I'm not giving students a healthy dose of FRBR/FRAD and summarizing what RDA will look like (compared with AACR2) and what's going to change (to include changes in MARC).
There are some who have worked up some records using RDA and have generously made them available (as well as workflows). I certainly intend to have my class look at these and compare them with AACR2 but, as I said, I'm holding off immersing students in RDA until it is available online.
(The three implementation scenarios are also an excellent discussion tool and underscore the importance of getting ILS vendors on board with designing relational databases.)
Additionally, I don't think we'll really be able to drop AACR2 completely (at least for some time) simply because there are so many millions of records "out there" that are based on it. Furthermore, ISBD (both punctuation and order of areas and elements) is still an option with RDA and is convenient to use under certain circumstances.
Marjorie E. Bloss, Lecturer
Graduate School of Library & Information Science
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River Forest, IL 60305
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Subject: [eduCAT] TEACHING RDA
I know we have talked about this theoretically, but I would be interested to know if anyone has started making practical plans for the teaching of RDA. It seems a little bit nightmarish logistically speaking - did anyone on this list go through the AACR1 - AACR2 transition teaching wise?
We have been thinking of starting with a seminar on RDA (while continuing to teach AACR2 in the cataloging class). But I'm wondering at what point we should stop teaching AACR2 - should we teach BOTH for a while (which seems like too much for one class) - should we just make a clean break? Will employers want new graduates to know RDA and / or AACR2?
I know that the testing will go on for a year - do we wait until after that to teach it? Do we have a time gap where we teach neither?
Sorry my questions are kind of random - I'm just perplexed on how to go about this - and also somewhat dreading having to redo my entire class lol!!