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Resource Description and Access in Cataloger’s Desktop

Library of Congress contact: Peter Seligman, 202-707-1314, [log in to unmask]

American Library Association contact:  Troy Linker, 312-280-5101,
[log in to unmask] 

February 22, 2010

The Library of Congress and the Co-Publishers for RDA (Resource
Description and Access) are pleased to announce that Cataloger’s
Desktop subscribers will be able to access the RDA Toolkit (due in June
2010) via Cataloger’s Desktop. 

Cataloger’s Desktop is the Library of Congress’s integrated, online
documentation system for cataloging and metadata resources. RDA Toolkit
is a browser-based, online collection of cataloging-related documents
and resources, including RDA (Resource Description and Access). Used
together and available 24-7, Cataloger’s Desktop and RDA will
represent the current state of the art in cataloging and metadata
documentation.

Once users subscribe to both Desktop and RDA Toolkit, they will also be
able to access RDA through Desktop’s search and discovery interface.
Hits (including hits in context) will display in Desktop’s Search
Results pane. When subscribers click on a hit in RDA, they will be taken
immediately to the content in the RDA Toolkit. In addition:

●	Once an RDA link is followed, Desktop users can access the full
functionality of the RDA Toolkit (including workflows).
●	Linking from RDA to LC Policy Statements (the successor to the
LC Rule Interpretations) will be provided.
●	The developers are working to make it feasible for subscribers
to enter their RDA Toolkit login information in Desktop preferences to
access both products seamlessly with a single login.

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The RDA Toolkit is published by the Co-Publishers for RDA (the American
Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and Facet
Publishing, the publishing arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of
Library and Information Professionals). The content of RDA has been
developed in a collaborative process led by the Joint Steering Committee
for Development of RDA (JSC). The RDA project is overseen by the
Committee of Principals representing the American Library Association,
the Canadian Library Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and
Information Professionals, the Library of Congress, Library and Archives
Canada, the British Library, and the National Library of Australia. For
more information about RDA and the RDA Toolkit visit www.rdaonline.org.