University Libraries Publications

Title

Resource Description and Access (RDA) Database Enrichment: The Path to a Hybridized Catalog

Publication Title

Cataloging and Classification Quarterly

Publication Date

2014

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/01639374.2014.946574

Keywords

descriptive cataloging, Resource Description and Access (RDA), catalog maintenance, bibliographic data, interoperability, case studies, catalog indexing, cataloging administration

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

This article examines the benefits of a Resource Description and Access (RDA) enrichment project for libraries. Enrichment projects “hybridize,” or enrich legacy Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition (AACR2) bibliographic records with RDA data. Until a replacement for MARC is developed, bibliographic data will continue to be encoded in MARC 21 in many integrated library systems. Library catalogs contain records coded under both AACR2 and RDA standards. RDA enrichment projects benefit the patron experience because the data is cleaner and more consistent for patron use and display, cataloging staff workflows are simplified, and the consistency of the data is advantageous for system development and data exchange with other communities.

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