RDA in a day at Viking Library System

Viking Library System building

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. 

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Lizzy Baus

Lizzy Baus is the Cataloging & Metadata Education Librarian for Minitex. She recently relocated from Milwaukee, where she earned two Master's degrees from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and met her husband swing dancing. She now lives in St. Paul and rides her bike to work every day. You can reach her at 612-624-4220 or