As of December 4, 2010 306 people signed the Petition to Support Wojciech Siemaszkiewicz’s Memorandum on OCLC’s RDA Testing. I think that it is very important to bear in mind that this petition was generated through an outrage over the way the RDA test was “imposed” on the cataloging professionals through a way that I compared to “a military coup d’état.” I would like to emphasize that “the US RDA Test Coordinating Committee has disregarded all the demands of the November Memorandum Against RDA Test, which has been signed by 306 catalogers from around the world as of December 4, 2010.” I also emphasize that “I am also disappointed that OCLC has relegated its responsibility for its bibliographical utility maintenance to the Committee.” I think that many of 4,122 recipients of the OCLC-CAT mailing list feel the same. However, it is no reason to feel hopeless. Yes, the ALA, LC, PCC, and OCLC have abandoned professional catalogers in the name of the phantom called RDA in order to radically rewrite cataloging rules and procedures. However, the discussion generated by our opposition to the RDA test has probably produced far more positive feedback than all the years of tailoring in obscurity by RDA inventors. Our discussion have produced far more understanding of current confusion than any RDA training could have done. Therefore, I would like to encourage all those who have been silent, sitting on the fence or simply too terrified to voice their opinion to come out and join our discussion in the open on the OCLC-CAT list, which I think is the best vehicle for such a discussion. The RDA test conducted in OCLC database is the topic of our discussion. It is very relevant to our daily work right now. I would not recommend relegating our discussions to the RDA list or AUTO-CAT. Such a move would relegate our discussion into obscurity, which probably was the case with original RDA discussions that a few paid attention to until it was forced upon us in a “live test.” I would remind all the twitterers that all the excitement over the Iranian Revolution and the Twitter role in it just a few months ago has been relegated into obscurity by the brutal religious or theocratic dictatorship and repressions. So I would invite twitterers to join us in discussing professional matters that directly affect our profession. To keep our hopes that we can influence, change or plainly stop the RDA advance alive, I would like to remind all of that our strength lies in our number, so, please sign the petition (http://bit.ly/noRDAtest ) and add your voice to this discussion on the OCLC-CAT list. Thank you. Wojciech Siemaszkiewicz New York Public Library Library Services Center 31-11 Thompson Ave. Long Island City, N.Y. 11101 (917) 229-9603 e-mail: [log in to unmask] Please note, any opinions expressed above do not necessarily reflect those of The New York Public Library.