RDA Toolkit Release - April 14, 2015

A new release of RDA Toolkit was published on April 14, 2015. When there is a new release for RDA Toolkit, it is typically made on the second Tuesday of the month. Releases typically contain changes to content and metadata, enhancements to RDA Toolkit functionality, and fixes to existing bugs. You can subscribe to our RSS development feed to get notification of releases.

The details of the April release follow.

Content Updates

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) has issued an update to the content of RDA: Resource Description and Access that is included in this release. The update contains approved proposals from the November 2014 JSC meeting. The details of the changes are available through the RDA Update History section found at the bottom of the RDA tab in RDA Toolkit. Those changes are also available in the “Sec final” versions of the proposals posted on the JSC web site. The release also includes Fast Track changes to RDA. These minor changes and corrections of typographical errors are listed in 6JSC/Sec/15. Initially this update appears only in the original English version of RDA. The update will be applied to the French, German and Spanish translations of RDA at a date to be determined. However, the April 2015 release does include revisions and fixes to the French and German translations. Details of French translation revisions for the April release are here.

The release also includes revisions and updates to the RDA: Element Set and MARC/RDA bibliographic mappings.

The release contains revisions to British Library Policy Statements (BL PS), Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements (LC-PCC PS), and National Library of Australia Policy Statements (NLA PS) in response to the update changes as well as changes to policy statements from the Committee for Library Standards for the application of RDA in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, known as Anwendungsrichtlinien für den deutschsprachigen Raum (D-A-CH AWRs). A complete list of the revised LC-PCC PSs is available on the Library of Congress website.

Development Updates

No new features were added to RDA Toolkit for this release. However, the RDA Index has been removed from the site. The index is a product of the print version of RDA and has in the past been recreated on the website with hyperlinks. It has been determined that the upkeep of this online feature is an unnecessary burden given that it serves as a secondary option to the site search engine.

A new document set entitled Books of the Bible has been added to the Tools tab in accordance with the revisions called for in 6JSC/LC/31.


A number of typographical and site errors were fixed.