News & Information

An Update on 2017 Toolkit Releases

As work on the 3R Project progresses, we have had to make adjustments to plans for the releases in 2017. The upcoming August release was intended to be the last release of 2017. However, as we transition to new translation software and implement registry synchronization for the Toolkit translations, it has become clear that the translation teams will need more time to complete their work.

3R Project Status Report #2

This is the second status report for the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project. The 3R project has been proceeding with an extended string of discussions with developers as well as with the RDA Steering Committee (RSC). These discussions have led to decisions in some cases and further questions in others. And it is important to note that real work is underway.

RDA Toolkit Release - April 11, 2017

A new release of RDA Toolkit will be published on April 11, 2017. 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.

RDA Board Appointments

The RDA Board, which is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the development of RDA, will meet next month in London. In anticipation of the April meeting the Board recently announced the current appointments for the April meeting. Attendees will include new American Library Association representative Keri Cascio and Latin American representative Angela Quiroz Ubierna. More information on the appointments are available here and here

Spring RDA Event scheduled for May in Chicago

The RDA Steering Committee has announced a community outreach event in Chicago on Tuesday, May 16th. It will be a day-long event that will be attended by an extended RSC group (full RSC plus working group chairs) and will feature an open discussion of the most pressing RDA issues, including the LRM-related revisions and the redesign of the toolkit. Then event is free and will include lunch and beverages. However, space is limited so register as soon as possible. Read the full announcement.

National Archive Adopting RDA

Late last year the National Archive of the United States announced that it would adopt RDA as its standard for authority records. In a blog post dated December 20, 2016, David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, describes the process that led the Archive to t adopt RDA and states that the decision is "yet another step toward the Open Government goals of transparency, participation and collaboration, by joining the wider archival community" in adopting RDA for authority records.