Getting Ready for RDA: Preparing for the Transition

NOTSL/ALAO-TEDSIG Joint Spring Meeting
Getting Ready for RDA: Preparing for the Transition
Friday, May 14, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.   Registrations and light refreshments
9:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.   Workshops, lunch, NOTSL and TEDSIG business meetings
Shisler Convention Center, The Ohio State University, Wooster Campus

Athena Salaba’s PowerPoint Presentation – FRBR Family

Rick Block’s PowerPoint Presentation – Getting Ready for RDA: Preparing for the Transition

Libraries are gearing up for the first overhaul in cataloging rules in nearly three decades, coupled with the challenge of implementing them in a dramatically changed world of information.  One major newcomer since the 1990s is FRBR so we invited Dr. Athena Salaba from Kent State SLIS to begin the meeting with a presentation on FRBR and its impact on libraries and their catalogs, as well as how it relates to RDA.  Rick Block, Head of Special Collections Metadata and Cataloging at Columbia, and an adjunct professor at the Library Schools of the Pratt Institute and Long Island University, will follow with a brief overview of RDA and then provide us with ideas for how we can already start preparing for its implementation.  As you can see, the objective of the day is not the nuts and bolts of these two new standards, but rather, getting ready to take on this new way of describing and retrieving information from our catalogs.  Please join us as we prepare for this brave new world!

Our Presenters:

Dr. Athena Salaba is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University.  She received her M.L.S. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research interests include organization of information, knowledge organization systems, and information-seeking behavior. She teaches courses in Organization of Information, Cataloging & Classification, Metadata, and Digital Libraries.  Dr. Salaba has a number of publications and presentations on FRSAD, FRBR, subject access to information, and knowledge organization systems (controlled vocabularies).  She recently co-authored with Dr. Yin Zhang, “Implementing FRBR in Libraries: Key Issues and Future Directions” (Neal-Schuman, 2009) as a result of a three-year IMLS Research Grant for FRBR Research and Development, with additional funding from Kent State.  She is serving as the Co-chair and Secretary of the IFLA Working Group on the Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR), and will be participating in the upcoming RDA testing as an LIS educator.

Rick Block is Head, Special Collections Metadata and Cataloging at Columbia University.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University, and visiting associate professor at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science.  Rick won the 2008 Library Journal Teaching Award.  He also won the first annual Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award at Long Island University in 2007.  Rick edits a column for The Serials Librarian entitled, “Voices of the Future.”  This column publishes papers submitted as part of library school courses that professors recommend for publication.  Rick is a past chair of the ALA/ALCTS Commercial Technical Services Committee, and the Cataloging and Classification Section Committee on Education, Training and Recruitment for Cataloging.  Rick has recently spoken on New Horizons for the Middle Manager, RDA, and Recruiting for the Next Generation of Librarians.


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