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IFLA survey now open on rare materials cataloguing with RDA

A new survey developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) will collect data on the implementation of Resource Description and Access (RDA) in rare materials cataloguing.

The survey aims to get an accurate worldwide overview of the decision-making and policies of libraries with special collections, especially around the use of RDA in rare materials cataloguing.

According to IFLA, ‘an increasing number of libraries are adopting RDA as a cataloguing standard’. However, it is unclear how this will affect a library collection’s rare materials (including the creation of descriptions about items such as rare books, manuscripts, graphic and cartographic materials, and music) or whether it will overtake extremely detailed rules such as Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM) or International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD).

The survey is open until 6 July, and can be accessed here.


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