RDA Standards and Guidance

The Minerva RDA Core Standards (Minerva RDA Standards 15Jan2014 rev 14Jun2014) is not intended to replace the actual RDA Toolkit, access to which is currently available only by online subscription — nor is it intended to replace actual cataloging training (see below for web sites that offer RDA training).  Rather, the goal of the following manual is to provide guidelines for RDA cataloging specifically in Minerva.

These guidelines will outline and explain the RDA “core elements” that are required for acceptable bibliographical records, and will also provide Minerva standards regarding certain optional elements.  The guide does not replace the already established “Acceptable Cataloging for Minerva Libraries” policy except where RDA rules differ from AACR2.  The standard itself will be updated in order to reflect rule changes.

To download a PDF of the Minerva RDA Cataloging Standards

RDA tips from the Cataloging Standards Committee

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