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ETL505: Assessment Item 1; Bibliographic Description

Posted by arlekeno on August 7, 2012

Assessment item 1
Bibliographic description
Value: 30%
Due date: 13-Aug-2012
Return date: 03-Sep-2012
Length: 2000 words (+ or minus 10%)
Submission method options
EASTS (online)
Post (option applies to DE only)

Answer the following question drawing upon relevant and current literature.


RDA will replace AACR2 in 2013. What are the advantages of the change from AACR2 to RDA?


The purpose of this assignment is to assess your understanding of the purposes and processes involved in descriptive cataloguing.

Marking criteria

You will be assessed on:

The clarity and depth of your understanding of RDA (in particular) and AACR2 (10 marks)

The effectiveness of your overview of the advantages of RDA including:

  • theoretical structure
  • compatibility with the digital environment and emerging technologies
  • potential use and users, including school libraries
  • rationalisation and potential extension of bibliographic records (10 marks)
  • continuity with existing standards

Your demonstrated understanding of the following areas within your discussion:

  • FRBR and FRAD
  • FRBR user tasks – find, select, identify, obtain
  • FRAD user tasks – find , identify, contextualise, justify
  • FRBR entities, attributes and relationships – work, expression, manifestation, item
  • The RDA Toolkit (10 marks)

The clarity and structure of your presentation and the accuracy of your referencing (marks can be deducted from the above areas)


You should use the presentation standards for teacher librarianship assessment items.

Okay. looking through my notes now and going further to try and find ways to answer this. Pretty interesting considering 2 months ago I had no idea what AACR2 or RDA were.

Anyway. Extra tool one.

A great Resource, includes mention that we don’t need such prescribed fields as next gen search engines are more flexible than the ones originally made for card cats.

and cheaper to provide these records now to find the relationships.

We can’t benefit from FRBR unless we change to an RDA but RDA alone can’t do it, unless we change the standards to make it possible.

has been developed within the whole GLAM community. (gallery, Library, Archive, Museum. Love that acronym)

Library journal Dec2011- Library of Congress looks beyond Marc. – Use World wide Web consortium’s W3c

preferred method for publishing linked data. more easily understood by users.

“relationships among data should be made available,”

Looking at : RDA Benefits for users and cataloguers (Chris Oliver 2010 McGill University Library, ALCTS conference)

10.02 min Deals with F>I>S>O and F>I>C>U>   (For BID data and AUthority Data) 13.08 deals with it specifically and well.

the Data in Bib data must allow the user to find a manifestations that match, identify a said resource, select it (e.g. is it a film) and then obtain it.

Developed by IFLA, world wide consultation (not anglophone, not only library) 19.30min e.g. used by Software engineering ( entity-relationship mode)  database design.

One item of data in one element only, as opposed to several, e.g. 260 $c date of production/publication/copyright.

Data in the long strings used in AACR can’t be searched, or used to generate a meaningful display (characters neeed human interpretation)

Possible to make it discoverable on the web. 41.48 min


Ok, about to start a Doc in my cloud word processor to get this going. Wish me luck.


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