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RDA Implementation History


RDA implementation plans

Having seen credible progress on the tasks and action items identified in the 2011 US RDA Test Coordinating Committee Final Report, NLM is planning to implement RDA throughout the Cataloging Section on March 31, 2013. The three catalogers who participated in the RDA test in 2010 will undergo refresher training and begin cataloging using RDA in late 2012, which will allow them to be ready to help train and transition the rest of the staff by March 2013. In the History of Medicine Division, rare book catalogers will continue to use DCRM for rare materials, but will begin use of RDA for material traditionally cataloged using AACR2 in March 2013.

RDA copy has continued to be created by several libraries that participated in the RDA test, but libraries are likely to see significantly more RDA copy as the Library of Congress begins training its staff in small groups. As each group completes its training, members of the group will do all their subsequent cataloging using RDA. LC intends to have its entire staff trained by March 31, 2013. Many of the other national libraries, such as the British Library, Library and Archives Canada, National Library of New Zealand, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, also plan to implement RDA in early 2013.

While all original cataloging done by NLM after March 31, 2013 will be done using RDA, NLM will continue to accept AACR2 copy as is, so AACR2 records will continue to be distributed by NLM after April 1, 2013.

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