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Practical Cataloguing: AACR2, RDA and MARC21

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The launch of RDA: Resource Description and Access has already transformed cataloging standards. Written at a time of transition in international cataloging, this new book offers guidance to help catalogers make a smooth transition to RDA. Offering a step-by-step guide for mapping these new standards onto existing rules for description, this book thoroughly covers FRBR (Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records) and FRAD (Functional Requirements of Authority Data), on which the new rules are built, and explores how RDA elements can be incorporated into MARC21.

Authors Welsh and Batley provide readers with an introduction to current catalogs and standards and examine publication formats, bibliographic elements, access points, and headings. This complete guide to RDA includes coverage of its development, structure, and features, plus a section that addresses its similarities and differences with AACR2. The authors also explain the MARC21 record, studying tags, indicators, and sub-field codes. This book will be essential reading for students of library and information studies and practicing library and information professionals in all sectors.

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Anne Welsh

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 and Index, Anne is now the Assistant Editor of Alexandria: The Journal of National and International Library and Information Issues.

Sue Batley

Sue Batley is Course Director for the MA in Information Management, London Metropolitan University, UK.

"Welsh and Batley have given us a fine example of the kind of transitional work needed as we move forward with implementation and practical application of RDA: Resource Description and Access. This book offers a simple overview and comparison of RDA and AACR2, as well as discussion of some of the more fundamental issues of FRBR and its role in modernizing library catalogues. Cataloguers new and old should find it an informative read that gently ushers them into understanding the changes on the horizon for bibliographic control."
--Shawne D. Miksa, Acting Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Information Science Program, University of North Texas

"Comprehensive, practical, clear, and written with a dash of humor--this is the textbook about AACR2 and RDA for which catalogers have been waiting."

--Karen Attar, Senate House Library, University of London, UK