This week SirsiDynix rolled out the Symphony 3.4.1 Service pack 2 which included enhancements to make the popular ILS more compatible with RDA cataloging. Of particular note is that this updated version of Symphony now allows context-sensitive linking to RDA instructions for those users with RDA Toolkit subscriptions. With this update, SirsiDynix joins our growing list of linking partners.
Here is some more good news for those of you cataloging in RDA or training in RDA, this time from Deborah and Richard Fritz, authors of MARC21 for Everyone (ALA, 2003), and co-owners of The MARC of Quality (TMQ). They have informed us that MARC Report, their error checking software for MARC records, now includes:
For those cataloging in RDA or training in RDA, there was some good news last month from OCLC. The release of version 2.40 of Connexion client included the option to use RDA workforms (for both bibliographic and authority records) rather than the AACR2 forms. It also included an enhancement to the MARC linking service that allows subscribers to use IP authentication to connect to RDA Toolkit from Connexion rather than entering an Account ID and password. Both these enhancements should make life for RDA catalogers a little easier.
Did you know that all RDA Toolkit institutional accounts have an institutional user name and password in addition to your personal profile name and password? Many users are automatically recognized by their institution's IP address and rarely need to enter the institution user name and password. But, if you are an institutional user, you likely will find it useful to keep your additional login information handy. Here are two reasons why.