Libreros SALALM

Testing Resource Description and Access (RDA)

**Reposted from the Library of Congress**

Report and Recommendations

The Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, and the National Library of Medicine are pleased to issue a statement from the Executives of the three libraries regarding the Report and Recommendations of the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee on the implementation of RDA—Resource Description & Access.  This statement and the Executive Summary of the Committee’s Report and Recommendations are being issued to allow interested parties sufficient time to review prior to the upcoming Annual Conference of the American Library Association in New Orleans, June 23 -28.

National Libraries RDA Test

In response to concerns about RDA raised by the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, the three U.S. national libraries–the Library of Congress (LC), the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the National Agricultural Library (NAL)–made a commitment to the further development and completion of RDA.  The three libraries agreed to make a joint decision on whether or not to implement RDA, based on the results of a test of both RDA and the Web product.  The goal of the test was to assure the operational, technical, and economic feasibility of RDA.  Testers included the three national libraries and the broader U.S. library community.

Meeting Summaries from the 2009 ALA Annual Conference

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