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RDA and Serials Cataloguing

Jul 2013 | 236pp

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9781856049504
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RDA and Serials Cataloguing

Ed Jones

In this manual, expert cataloguer Ed Jones shows you how to catalogue serials using the new cataloguing standard, RDA: Resource Description and Access. 

Serials and continuing resources present a variety of unique challenges in bibliographic management, from special issues and unnumbered supplements to recording the changes that a long-running periodical can experience over time. Easing cataloguers through the RDA: Resource Description and Access transition by showing the continuity with past practice, serials cataloguing expert Jones frames the practice within the structure of the FRBR and FRAD conceptual models on which RDA is based.  

With serials’ special considerations in mind, this essential guide explains the familiarities and differences between AACR2 and RDA and demonstrates how serials cataloguers’ work fits in the cooperative context of OCLC, CONSER and NACO. Jones looks in detail at the process of cataloguing serials and ongoing integrating resources using RDA, from attributes and relationships between works to identifying related entities. Finally, looking at the possibilities offered by Linked Data, he presents examples of how RDA records can ultimately engage with the Semantic Web.

Key topics covered:

  •  Introduction to serials and serials cataloguing
  • Getting to know RDA: changes from AACR2
  • Searching and the universe of serials
  • Cataloguing serials and ongoing integrating resources using RDA
  • General instructions relating to serials cataloguing using RDA and MARC 21
  • Attributes of resources (Manifestations and Items and the Works and Expressions they embody)
  • Relationships between resources
  • Identifying Works and Expressions
  • Identifying related entities
  • Online serials and CONSER provider-neutral records
  • Ongoing integrating resources
  • RDA and Linked Data.  

Readership: Occasional serials cataloguers and specialists alike.

PART I: PREPARATION

1. An introduction to serials and serials cataloguing
2. Getting to know RDA: a new structure and other changes from AACR2

PART II: SERIALS CATALOGUING USING RDA

3. Searching and the universe of serials
4. Cataloguing serials and ongoing integrating resources using RDA

  • General instructions relating to serials cataloguing using RDA and MARC 21
  • Attributes of resources (Manifestations and Items and the Works and Expressions they embody)
  • Relationships between resources
  • Identifying Works and Expressions
  • Identifying related entities
  • Online serials and CONSER provider-neutral records
  • Ongoing integrating resources   

Epilogue. RDA and Linked Data

"Ed Jones has produced an excellent manual both in terms of the area it covers, the quality of the index, the level of detail provided and the way the book is written with the personality of the writer present in both his text and examples. This book  will provide a secure grounding for the cataloguer moving into this area of work (or a student of cataloguing) or a bench book for a time-served serials cataloguer."
- Library and Information Research

"The book is usefully organized, and written in an approachably conversational style...Working cataloguers will be able to use this manual for day-to-day practice and will find it of lasting value as a reference manual for unusual or difficult cases. It will be found useful in libraries large and small and can serve as a reassuring introduction to the cataloguing of serial publications. Deft deployment of wry humour makes the book pleasantly readable."
- Collection Building

"…highly recommended for any situation - technical service departments or library students - where serials need to be catalogued using RDA protocols."
- Australian Library Journal

"…the book succeeds in its aim of offering practical cataloguing guidance while keeping the broader issues in view."
- Technicalities

Ed Jones has been cataloguing serials, on and off, since 1976, and over the years has authored several scholarly papers and made numerous presentations on serials cataloguing, the FRBR and FRAD conceptual models, and RDA. He has been a member of the CONSER Operations Committee, on and off, since 1981, and recently served as an RDA advisor. In 1995, he received his doctorate in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is currently associate director for assessment and technical services at National University in San Diego.

1. An introduction to serials and serials cataloguing

Chapter 1 delineates the salient characteristics of serials, and also describes the variety of cataloguing practices that held sway at one time or another during the last 100 years or so, along with the arguments offered in support of these practices and those raised in oppositions.

2. Getting to know RDA: a new structure and other changes from AACR2

Chapter 2 elaborates the context of RDA in terms of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) conceptual model and the changes that have occurred from AACR2 cataloguing.

3. Searching and the universe of serials

Chapter 3 provides some rudimentary hints on searching for serial records in large bibliographic databases, recognizing problematic situations, and avoiding pitfalls.

4. Cataloguing serials and ongoing integrating resources using RDA

Chapter 4 takes as its point of departure the cataloguing of print serials, including reproductions of print serials in other media. Exceptional practices for cataloguing online serials and ongoing integrating resources are given at the end of the chapter (sections 6 and 7 respectively). These are addressed only to the extent that their cataloguing varies from the cataloguing of print serials. Chapter 4 generally adheres to the following structure:

  • General instructions relating to RDA and MARC 21
  • Attributes of resources (manifestations and items and the works and expressions they embody)

    - Generally organized by ISBD area
    - ISBD-prescribed punctuation is integrated into the examples
    - MARC 21 coding is integrated into the examples
    - Notes that relate to a particular element are given with the instructions for that element, not with instructions relating to the Notes area
    - Where RDA provides more instruction covering the class of element (e.g. titles) these are addressed at the point where that element is first encountered
  • Relationships between resources
  • Identifying works and expressions (authorized access point for the resource)
  • Identifying related entities (authorized access points for persons, corporate)
  • Special instructions relating to online serials
  • Special instructions relating to ongoing integrating resources.

Epilogue. RDA and Linked Data

The epilogue is a short excursion into the future of RDA, providing an introduction to the world of linked data and a very different way of viewing the products of cataloguing.

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