Recent Questions about RDA Elements in Bibliographic Records


There have been some questions lately on the PCC list about using the new RDA-related MARC21 changes being implemented by OCLC.  OCLC will be announcing its policy on the use of new fields, subfields, indicators, etc., in bibliographic records; LC will not issue any RDA bibliographic records (including CONSER records) until October 1, 2010.  No RDA elements should appear in existing authority records and no new RDA name authority records should appear in the LC/NACO Authority File before October 1, 2010.


General information about the RDA Test can be found at




Training materials and documentation related to the RDA Test can be found at




Changes to the MARC formats related to RDA are noted at





Please send queries about RDA and the RDA Test to


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