Your Name and Title: Donna Frederick, Metadata Librarian

Library, School, or Organization Name: University Library, University of Saskatchewan


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Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Saskatoon, Canada


Language in Which You Will Present: English


Target Audience(s):Technical services managers, metadata librarians, cataloguer, instructors


Short Session Description (one line):  How copy cataloguers at the University of Saskatchewan learned to use RDA records


Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

RDA training for copy cataloguers who catalogue using the MARC standard presents day to day challenges while providing opportunities to prepare cataloguing and metadata staff for the future.  


Many of the existing RDA training programs approach RDA cataloguing in MARC from the point of view of the original cataloguer.  This approach to training seems somewhat out of step with the needs of the copy cataloguer.  Rather than understanding the process of examining a resource and effectively describing it using RDA, copy cataloguers must be able to interpret and evaluate RDA cataloguing created by someone else.  Given that RDA is based on instructions rather than rules, the ways in which any given item can be described is much more diverse than in the past.  This diversity can be disorienting to the copy cataloguer who, in some cases, may have been cataloguing for over two decades and is accustomed to using a set of instructions which clearly defines how to correctly describe a resource.


This session will discuss the one and a half year experience of a group of copy cataloguers who, at first struggled with overly-detailed RDA training resources but eventually found their way to learning to successfully copy catalogue in an environment where there is an increasing number of RDA records.


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