The key word is “immediate”. The report needs to be understood in the context of its recommendations, which are intended to address the perceived shortcomings in RDA (e.g., the clarity of the writing and the functionality of the online Toolkit), and in the context of the broader Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative announced last month, which is intended to address the perceived shortcomings in the environment (e.g., MARC 21).  The expectation is that by January 2013 the perceived shortcomings in RDA and in the environment will have been addressed in a satisfactory manner.


Ed Jones

National University (San Diego, California)


From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Wojciech Siemaszkiewicz
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:11 AM
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] PCC Statement on the LC/NAL/NLM RDA Implementation decision


This statement below in the Report is a key statement for the future of RDA. I am not sure why to make such a statement and then proceed toward implementing RDA if it does not make economic sense. 


It is especially alarming coming from representatives of federally funded libraries in the present fiscal climate that Washington, DC is in. 


It is ironic that libraries, which desperately have tried to position themselves as business (corporate) enterprises would disregard basic business approach. The fact is that there is no business justification for RDA in light of this statement except wishful thinking that the future will rain business benefits on libraries. However, if we look in the past business practices of libraries it becomes apparent that we gave away our basic business product that is cataloging (bibliographical) record (information) to business predators such as Google basically for nothing in return. Now, we are going to repeat the same failed model with book vendors, information providers and so on. 


I would like again to remind our federally funded institutions that the US national debt has reached $15 trillion, our present annual budget debt has reached $1.6 trillion. How our national libraries expect to avoid cost cutting measures that will eventually be applied to them. Libraries across the nation are struggling with basic financial needs with reports of numerous libraries being closed down for lack of funds to pay for their basic functions. 


The decision of the executives of three national libraries remind me of the Department of Defense desperate attempts to continue some weapon development programs from the cutting board despite ballooning costs, no completion date in sight, and questionable utilization of the weapons in the present mission of the military.


We can apply the same criteria to RDA as well.


"Business case—  [on page 4]
The test revealed that there is little discernible immediate benefit in implementing RDA alone. The adoption of RDA will not result in significant cost savings in metadata creation. There will be inevitable and significant costs in training. Immediate economic benefit, however, cannot be the sole determining factor in the RDA business case. It must be determined if there are significant future enhancements to the metadata environment made possible by RDA and if those benefits, long term, outweigh implementation costs. The recommendations are framed to make this determination prior to implementation."



Wojciech Siemaszkiewicz

New York Public Library

Library Services Center

31-11 Thompson Ave.

Long Island City, N.Y. 11101

(917) 229-9603

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Please note, any opinions expressed above do not necessarily reflect those of The New York Public Library.



On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 9:40 AM, Riemer, John <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

The PCC affirms its support of the US national libraries’ decision to implement RDA, slated to be no sooner than January 2013, and looks forward to collaborating with them in this effort. 


Among the anticipated benefits for user discovery and access are making the FRBR model more of a reality, making metadata more machine-actionable, supporting the semantic web, making data more internationally understandable (e.g. by un-abbreviating), lifting the rule of 3, and others.   


PCC has already formed three task groups on RDA to begin preparing for this transition, and others will be formed as warranted.  The PCC Policy Committee will also be preparing a set of PCC RDA FAQs to be posted on the PCC RDA web site.  PCC's goal during the shift to RDA is to develop and foster effective and efficient means of implementing a new set of rules, while gaining a maximum amount of benefits from them.


The PCC Post RDA Test Guidelines remain in effect until further notice. 


Please feel free to distribute this statement further.





John Riemer

Head, UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center

Kinross South

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Los Angeles, CA  90095-7230

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