Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The RDA Toolkit blog is a great resource for catalogers!

The RDA Toolkit blog ( is a valuable resource for catalogers gearing up for RDA, and may be viewed without a subscription to the RDA Toolkit. In addition to RDA-related news and announcements, the blog features an ongoing series called "Tips in Threes." "Tips in Threes" is intended to give Toolkit subscribers information that will enhance their user experience with the Toolkit. Recent posts offer tips on workflows, quick search, and advanced search. In October 2011, the blog began featuring a series of interviews with representatives from RDA test libraries in order to glean their insights about the RDA test and their experiences with cataloging in RDA. Libraries interviewed so far include Emory University Library, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and North Carolina State University Library. During the summer, the blog conducted interviews with library automation vendors to find out what, if anything, they were doing to prepare for the eventual implementation of RDA. Among the twelve vendors interviewed are Ex Libris, OCLC, SkyRiver, SirsiDynix, Serials Solutions, VTLS, and Innovative Interfaces. Toolkit subscribers may be interested in checking out the RDA Toolkit Virtual User Group (, a webinar-based forum for user interaction and information sharing.

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