RDA Resources

Useful Cheat Sheets and Guides

For Minerva Standards

How Minerva is handling the RDA standard and a step-by-step guide to editing a copy record to meet Minerva’s RDA standards

General Information

Several helpful crosswalks, vocabularies, or reminders.

  • Resource Description and Access (RDA) — https://www.loc.gov/aba/rda/
  • RDA Cheats — http://www.special-cataloguing.com/cheats (scroll to end)
  • http://www.itsmarc.com/crs/mergedprojects/helptop1/helptop1/variable_data_fields/rda_in_marc_bibliographic_data.htm
  • Relator Terms — https://www.loc.gov/marc/relators/relaterm.html


YouTube Videos


Introducing RDA

Chris Oliver (McGill University)

RDA Has Arrived: Essentials of RDA for Public Services
Presented by Susan Wynne June 19, 2013

From the excellent Carterette Series of webinars from GLA: After years of buzz, the Library of Congress implemented the new cataloging standard RDA (Resource Description and Access) on March 31, 2013. Susan Wynne will discuss the major differences between AACR2 practices and RDA, focusing on how RDA affects user displays and navigation in local catalogs, WorldCat, and elsewhere. What is RDA and why should I care? RDA is part of the ongoing transformation of library data with an objective of responsiveness to user needs.

HUGE list of free webinar recordings from ALA subcommittee ALCTS



Library of Congress RDA Training Scheme:

The tables listed below contain the Library of Congress Resource Description & Access (RDA) training materials used for internal training beginning in June 2012. As RDA changes, the materials will be updated to reflect the latest versions.

Basic RDA

by Steven Arakawa, Librarian for Training and Documentation, Yale University Library

This presentation will introduce you to Resource Description & Access (RDA), the new content standard, and illustrate the key differences between AACR2 and RDA. Join Steven Arakawa as he introduces you to RDA and the differences between the two.

Implementing RDA

by Erin Stalberg, Director of Discovery and Access, Mount Holyoke College,

Are you ready to implement Resource Description & Access (RDA), the new content standard? Join Erin Stalberg as she discusses the impact of RDA on ILS, OCLC, workflows and more.

AACR2 and RDA: Key Differences

Steven Arakawa (Yale)

RDA Program at NELA Annual 2012. What are the major differences between AACR2 and RDA? Join Steven Arakawa, Yale University’s Librarian for Training and Documentation, Catalog and Metadata Services, to address this question and learn more about RDA.

RDA Toolkit Essentials

The webinar RDA Toolkit Essentials serves as an introduction and guide to using RDA Toolkit. Unlike past webinars, it is not a one-off event. Instead, it will return every other month (typically on the third Wednesday), and each occurrence of RDA Toolkit Essentials will focus on exactly that–the essentials of using RDA Toolkit. We’ll review subscription options, logging in, navigating, creating Workflows, and setting bookmarks. We’ll cover the variety of content available and offer tips for getting more from your account. And above all, we will answer your questions.

  • http://www.rdatoolkit.org/essentials


OCLC list of online courses in RDA

A variety of courses from different sources on the subject or RDA.

prices vary

Online courses from Lyrasis

Slides from Maine Presentations

Cataloging with RDA

Bobby Bothmann


  • RDA-L Discussion List — http://www.rda-jsc.org/archivedsite/rdadiscuss.html


Physical Resources

Selected List of RDA Links and Resources

Adam Schiff’s Home page

Lots of Lots of powerpoint presentations of AACR2 to RDA changes with side-by-side comparisons and some explanations. Still a lot to wade through, but more nuts-and-bolts than some.