Urahh! My manager and I are finally approaching the new cataloguing standard: Resource Description and Access (RDA).
I spent two weeks focusing on the Cambridge RDA Training and the RDA toolkit. They have been required a lot of effort and concentration but I can finally say that I’m getting a grasp on the new rule set. The more recurrent phrase I have read is ‘transcribe unless unduly onerous’ (what a nightmare).
Moving from the AACR2 rules to RDA is a sort of shock, first I let my knowledge and my cataloguing habits go and, secondly I shifted my transcribing/abbreviating latin tendency to a more intellectual approach of the item I am ask to catalogue.
Today my manager and I have spent the entire day cataloguing different books and it was really interesting. We shared our opinions and results finding out that the flexibility allowed by RDA needs to be structured in a cataloguing policy. We still need to investigate more the difference between compilation and collaboration but I am sure that with practice everything will be ok.
I like RDA because requires cataloguer’s judgment and intellectual effort to define the right creator/author of a work. It will be even more demanding when it comes to exhibition catalogues. Who’s the creator? The painter, the curator, the museum?
Tomorrow it has been scheduled my first cataloguing lesson with a new collection assistant. I have been asked to supervise her cataloguing work that will be based on the amendments of imported record for video recording material. Plus I am beginning my new uni module: studies in management.