RDA

CLA Montreal - Implementing RDA/FRBR at the Jewish Public Library

Date: 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 18:30
Location: 
La grande salle de la Bibliothèque publique Atwater, 1200 Avenue Atwater, Westmount, QC

Over the past few years RDA and FRBR have been hot topics in the library profession, and Montreal's own Jewish Public Library was the first public library in the world to adopt FRBR alongside RDA. Come and hear Eddie Paul, Head of Bibliographic and Information Services at the Jewish Public Library, share his experiences (and adventures!) from this journey.



When: Wednesday April 4th at 6:30pm

Where: Atwater Public Library Auditorium, 1200 Avenue Atwater Westmount, QC


Cost: $5 CLA members and students ; $7 non-CLA members



FRBR in the Jewish Public Library

Imageby Eddie Paul

On a warm spring evening in Paris on May 29, 1913, an opulent crowd at the Champs Élysées Theatre rioted at the premiere performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. One shrewd musicologist wrote that "the pagans on stage made pagans of the audience." The piece is a celebration of pagan rituals that eventually leads to a sacrifice of a chosen young woman to propitiate the gods of spring.

No such harsh reaction greeted the introduction of RDA or FRBR to the library community back in 1997 when the new replacement for AACR2 was introduced by IFLA, although it certainly hasn’t been without resistance from some elements, possibly because paradigms (MARC is a little over 40 years old) and the people who conceive them shift just a bit more slowly than the tectonic plates. The gods of spring are also not that easily propitiated, especially when the propitiators are limited by consensus and cataloguing subcommittees.

A non-cataloguer’s introduction to RDA

From the CLA Montreal Chapter
A non-cataloguer’s introduction to RDA: A presentation for public services librarians (and all other library staff and students) by Chris Oliver

Ever wondered about the mysterious world of RDA but were intimidated by the cataloguing jargon? Want to know how changes in cataloguing will affect your work and your clients? Even if you’ve never heard of RDA (hint: it’s the new cataloguing standard that replaces AACR2), this introductory presentation will get you up to speed without getting bogged down in all the technical details.

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