Resource Description and Access (RDA)


Ready for the new RDA cataloging standard?

RDA is the new cataloging standard designed for the digital world that replaces the AACR2 rules. Built on the foundations established by AACR2, RDA provides a comprehensive set of guidelines and instructions on resource description and access, covering all types of content and media. Library of Congress has already implemented the RDA cataloging standard.

What does this all mean?

If you are a Book Systems customer, rest assured you don't have to worry!

Atriuum versions 9.0+ and Concourse 8.5+ fully support the new RDA cataloging standard and the ability to import or export RDA records while maintaining backwards-compatibility with older records cataloged according to AACR2 rules.

All of the new MARC bibliographic fields established for RDA cataloging, such as RDA Content, Media, and Carrier fields (fields 336, 337, and 338) have been added to the Add/Edit Bibliographic and MARC Edit pages in Atriuum to allow for greater specification of RDA material types.

Atriuum can utilize these fields to determine and assign the associated material type upon import.

The 264 MARC field is used in RDA records (instead of the 260 field) as the source for publisher data.  Atriuum fully supports the 264 MARC field and will continue to support the 260 field for legacy records.

  • This field will resemble the 260 field and subfields a, b, and c containing the same types of information.
  • Second indicator values distinguish between production, publication, distribution, manufacturer statements, and copyright dates.
  • Each type of statement appears in a separate 264 field.

New search options have also been added to the OPAC Media Search allowing patrons to filter records by the RDA Content, Media and Carrier fields.