Cataloguing and Decision-making in a Hybrid Environment
The Transition from AACR2 to RDA
As the transition to RDA changes the international cataloguing landscape, readers need practical guidance to operate successfully in a world of hybrid catalogues, where records created under different standards co-exist. This highly practical guide draws out the flexibility offered by RDA and the scope for cataloguer judgement in balancing flexibility with consistency of entry. Welsh leads the reader through the decision-making process, showing how the skills and judgements familiar from AACR2 can be applied to RDA. This book slices into RDA to answer questions including: What are the increased decision-making powers of the catalogue based on RDA?What support is available in making decisions?How can libraries integrate new RDA records within their catalogues and cataloguing practices?What steps can cataloguers take to increase their decision-making skills and confidence, and how can employers support their staff in this? Readership: Cataloguers, all library staff, information professionals, support staff and LIS students.
Anne Welsh is Lecturer in Library and Information Studies at University College London, and Digital Identity Manager at UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. She spent fifteen years as a librarian before becoming a full-time academic and now teaches Cataloguing on UCL's MA LIbrary and Information Studies (MA LIS) and Historical Bibliography on its MA LIS, MA Archives and Records Management and MA/MSc in Digital Humanities. She has chaired CILIP's Executive Briefings on RDA since they began in 2009, and is a well-known conference speaker at national and international level. A former editor of Catalogue & Index, Anne is now the Assistant Editor of Alexandria: the Journal of National and International Library and Information Issues.