RDA Made Simple
A Practical Guide to the New Cataloging Rules
by Amy Hart
October 2014, 176pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-485-8
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This book is the perfect resource for librarians who catalog a wide variety of materials as well as for those charged with planning or managing the implementation of RDA cataloging.

Looking for a comprehensive, all-in-one guide to RDA that keeps it simple and provides exactly what you need to know? This book covers planning and training considerations, presents relevant FRBR and FRAD background, and offers practical, step-by-step cataloging advice for a variety of material formats.

The new cataloging standard, Resource Description and Access (RDA), will have far-reaching impacts on your library in terms of how it approaches resource description and access. RDA has been in use at the U.S. Library of Congress since early 2013 and is being widely adopted in the international library community. Today’s catalogers need to understand RDA’s basic concepts and principles as well as how to apply its rules in order to provide relevant information services in the 21st-century. This book helps you tackle the challenges of implementing the new cataloging code (RDA/Resource Description and Access) in the MARC environment, providing emphasis on practical, straightforward RDA advice for today’s busy cataloger.

After a general discussion on planning and training for RDA, the author—a technical services/systems librarian with more than two decades’ experience—presents a comprehensive review of RDA’s conceptual basis in FRBR and FRAD before providing easy-to-follow, practical guidance on cataloging today’s diverse library resources using the new code, covering print, audiovisual, and digital materials. The book is a must-have resource for librarians who catalog on a broad, general level, with or without authority work, and who may or may not be cataloging specialists, but are responsible for handling many different formats. Catalogers at busy libraries committed to getting their new materials out to their users as quickly as possible will also find this work extremely helpful.


  • Supplies an accessible, up-to-date guide to RDA in a single resource
  • Covers history and development of the new cataloging code, including the results of the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee Report
  • Presents the latest information on RDA cataloging for multiple material formats, including print, audiovisual, and digital resources
  • Explains how RDA's concepts, structure, and vocabulary are based on FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) and FRAD (Functional Requirements for Authority Data), both of which are reviewed in the book
Amy Hart has been a technical services/systems librarian for more than 20 years, most recently serving as head of bibliographic services at Minuteman Library Network in Natick, MA. Her published work includes ABC-CLIO's The RDA Primer: A Guide for the Occasional Cataloger as well as several articles in Library Media Connection, for which she also serves as a reviewer. She earned her degree in library and information studies at University College Dublin, Ireland.


"This handy reference . . . should prove useful."—VOYA, September 29, 2015

"RDA Made Simple is an excellent starting point for those planning for the implementation of RDA at their library. RDA trainers may find the author’s practical approach useful as well."—Technicalities, January 15, 2016
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