On a recent December day, Lizzy Baus delivered a day-long training to Viking Library System staff in Fergus Falls, MN. The day's material was called "Bridging the Gap: AACR2 to RDA," and the purpose was to help the staff with their upcoming transition to the current cataloging standard known as Resource Description and Access (RDA).
The morning began with a brief background on the idea of cataloging codes and the context of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition (AACR2). This was followed by an in-depth tour of the current text and organization of RDA, including the underlying conceptual framework, the instructions, and the relevant policy statements from other organizations such as the Library of Congress. The afternoon was spent going step-by-step through the process of creating a description for a simple monograph. Normally, of course, this doesn't take two hours, but the point of this workshop was to be very thorough! The day ended with some exercises and plenty of time for questions.
Seventeen staff from several of the libraries in the area attended, and there were some excellent questions asked and good conversation all around.