RDA in Practice: A Workbook

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The only workbook created for the new RDA, this resource is an important tool that will help readers at any level of experience develop and strengthen their understanding of RDA content and structure. 

With the extensive changes to RDA and the RDA Toolkit brought about by the 3R Project, the need for a truly practical tool for learning RDA has never been more acute. Designed to be used by practitioners, training staff, and in the classroom or by students individually, this workbook offers a self-paced way to become familiar with the new RDA Toolkit, serving as a bridge between theoretical concepts and hands-on cataloging. James, whose experience includes former cataloging policy specialist at the Library of Congress, former member of the RDA Steering Committee, former RDA Examples Editor, and former member of the RDA 3R Core Team, covers all 13 entities as well as the Toolkit’s organization and interface. Included are a variety of MARC and non-MARC exercises designed to give practical experience using the new RDA Toolkit, with application profile assumptions that mimic a real cataloging environment. 

Kate James

Kate James is an independent contractor and the author of an upcoming workbook on RDA. She served as a member of the RDA Steering Committee from 2013-2019. In her role as RDA Examples Editor, she was a key contributor to the redesign of the RDA Toolkit. Kate previously worked as a senior cataloging policy specialist in the Library of Congress Policy and Standards Division, where some of her responsibilities included staff training on RDA and editing the Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements and the Descriptive Cataloging Manual. She has given presentations on RDA in the United States and internationally.