[Please excuse cross-posting.]

The announcement below has been posted to the RSC website.

Regards, Judy Kuhagen
Secretary, RDA Steering Committee

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On Friday 6th November 2015, the first step in implementing the recent
review of the RDA Governance Model was taken with the launch of the new
governance branding.

At a reception, which followed the Joint Steering Committee meeting in
Edinburgh, the names of the Committee of Principals and Joint Steering
Committee for Development of RDA changed to the RDA Board and RDA Steering
Committee (RSC).

Chair of the RDA Board, Simon Edwards, said “This first step in the
implementation of the Governance Review is an important one. It signals an
important step in our commitment to further internationalise RDA. This
year’s Joint Steering Committee meeting was an ideal opportunity to launch
the new branding as the location of the meeting has attracted
representatives from a range of European countries who have come to observe
the meeting and attend other satellite events. The location and range of
satellite events further demonstrates our commitment to moving the meeting
around and using the opportunity to engage with the wider community.”

The RDA Board has agreed a 4-5 year programme of activity to enable the
current structure to move, over time, towards the new governing structure.
The key principles governing the transition include:

   - Current key stakeholders will be actively engaged in the change
   process and will be tasked with helping to shape future structures and
   support mechanisms to ensure they are fit for purpose.
   - RDA Board and RDA Steering Committee will carefully balance retaining
   current skills and expertise and bringing new skills and representation in
   order to ensure that the stability of RDA as a tool does not suffer.
   - The new structure will evolve gradually rather than as one big change.
   - RDA Board aims to have the new structure firmly in place by 2019.

The reception also included the launch of the rebranded RDA Steering
Committee website which can be accessed at The website
also includes information about the RDA Board.