RDA for Practitioners

RDA for Practitioners

Course Overview

The need to address the challenges of the digital world and metadata users resulted in the replacement of AACR2 with the new cataloguing record standard, RDA: Resource Description and Access.

Although RDA is built on the foundations of AACR, it is assembled around a new framework based on three conceptual models called IFLA LRM (IFLA Library Reference Model).

RDA is compatible with a range of encoding schemas, such as Dublin Core, MODS and MARC that will allow library catalogue records to be integrated with those produced by other online metadata applications and lead to greater visibility of library resources in the online environment.

This 3-week online course will provide practitioners with:

  • an overview and understanding of the key terminology and guidelines of RDA
  • overview of how to find information in the RDA online tool (RDA toolkit)

You will receive a Certificate of Participation upon the successful completion of this course.

Course Content

RDA structure and guidelines

  • Review of the core element sets which are the minimum descriptions required to satisfy the IFLA LRM requirements or tasks
  • Review of key differences between AACR2 and RDA
  • Understand LRM definitions of 'work', 'expression', 'manifestation' and 'item'
  • Using ISBD and MARC21 with RDA
  • Examples of RDA / MARC / ISBD records in a range of formats that demonstrate the changes required in recording and transcribing data

RDA Toolkit

For practical purposes, selections and interpretations of guidelines from RDA will be provided in a workbook with the sample records.

Overview of development of the RDA Toolkit since 2013.

  • The original version of the RDA Toolkit has been used in libraries since 2013
  • In recent years, the 3R project has developed a new version of the RDA Toolkit called RDA Toolkit beta
  • In December 2020, this new version replaced the original version of the RDA Toolkit as the authorised version. "The Switchover will take place on December 15, 2020, meaning that beta.rdatoolkit.org will become access.rdatoolkit.org, and the original RDA Toolkit will move to original.rdatoolkit.org" https://beta.rdatoolkit.org/

Right for you if...

This course is designed for those working in libraries who need to understand and recognise the differences they see in RDA records from sources such as Libraries Australia, WorldCat, SCIS and others.

The course assumes some knowledge of cataloguing and focuses more on developing an understanding of the application of RDA principles and guidelines as seen in current cataloguing practice. Sample records and exercises will focus on applying RDA principles and guidelines to a range of formats so that participants gain confidence in recognising and understanding RDA compliant records.

Course Delivery

Contact with facilitators will be through online forums on Moodle (the online Learning Management System used by TAFE NSW for these courses).

Participants will connect with each other through forum discussions.

There are no specific times you need to be available.

The time investment required is approximately 5 hours per week, depending on the individual.

The course is designed to be completed in 3 weeks but as it is developed to be self paced, it is possible to finish a little earlier or later depending on your learning styles and needs. However, if you wish to vary the usual time taken, please discuss this with your teacher.

Participants require a computer with internet access.

On behalf of...

Our training partner for this course is TAFE NSW. TAFE NSW is the leading provider of vocational education and training in Australia. Each year, more than 500,000 students enrol in their nationally recognised courses and training.


What to expect once you have registered

Following the close of registrations, which is 8 February, we will be in contact with you before the course commences to provide you with further information about the next steps of enrolment: TAFE student registration and Moodle login set up.


More information

p.    1800 020 071

e.    [email protected]


Cancellation Policy

Registrations up to 3 weeks prior = full refund
Registrations between 1-2 weeks prior = 50% refund
Registrations cancelled 1 week prior or later = no refund
Registrations can be transferred to other individuals at no cost (in the same registration category).  
Contact [email protected] for information.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 to
Monday, 14 March 2022
$325 (Member) - $445 (Non-member)
15.00 CPD Hours