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May Two-Part Webinar: The Future of Integrated Library Systems

PART 1: RDA & Cataloging

May 11, 2011
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Part 2 of this webinar will be held on May 18th: User Interaction

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About the Webinar

Both the back-end and the front-end of the traditional Integrated Library System (ILS) are changing and evolving. The back-end is being impacted by the change to RDA cataloging that has only just begun. The front-end is changing through the integration of the ILS with other systems and a web interface layer as well as the interactivity driven by Web 2.0. RDA implementation is expected to drive additional changes to the user-side of the ILS in ways that are still not fully understood. NISO’s two-part May webinar looks at The Future of the ILS from both of these perspectives.

Part 1 considers RDA & Cataloging from the perspective of the cataloger and the system vendor. RDA holds the promise to more closely align Function Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and Functional Requirements for Authorities Data (FRAD) to library catalogs. Numerous webinars and presentations at library meetings have informed catalogers that they will no longer have to abbreviate words unless abbreviations appear on the piece “in hand” and that they can list every single creator of a work in their cataloging records. For AACR2 proponents, however, RDA poses a disruptive shift in current cataloging practices, including the demise of 245 |h GMD’s and the need to adopt new practices in creating separate fields for content, carrier, and medium. In Part 1 of this two-part webinar series, a cataloger and a systems vendor will consider unleashing the potential of RDA and talk about what an ideal ILS that incorporates RDA might look like.


Todd Carpenter, NISO Managing Director

The Future of ILS: The Potential of RDA
Bob Maxwell, Head, Special Collections and Formats Catalog Department, Brigham Young University

How do you effectively implement RDA: Resource Description and Access with your Integrated Library System (ILS)? It’s a big change, but it’s not as hard as you might think. With RDA based on FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) and FRAD (Functional Requirements for Authority Data), resources are now described using and entity/relationship model. That opens up many opportunities for librarians to identify relationships, ILS vendors to create new functionality, and users to discover information. Brigham Young University is a participant in the U.S. National Libraries test of RDA.

The Future of ILS: What an Ideal ILS Might Look Like
John Espley, Principal Librarian, VTLS

What would an ILS that supports RDA look like? While there are several approaches being taken to modify existing systems to support RDA, the best implementation strategy needs to be a true FRBR implementation where you have separate Work, Expression, Manifestation, and Item records and fully support the capabilities of linked data. RDA can actually simplify cataloging when additional manifestations need to be added. Templates toolkits, and macros can simplify the entire cataloging experience. Links can be made within the ILS and to external sources. Users can navigate in new ways using “trees” of linked data and “families” of related information.


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Registration for both the single webinar and the package closes on May 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Eastern.

Registration Costs

Single Webinar:

  • NISO Member
    • $89.00 (US and Canada)
    • $104.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $89.00
  • Non-Member
    • $119.00 (US and Canada)
    • $144.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $49.00

Two-Part Package:

  • NISO Member
    • $134.00 (US and Canada)
    • $156.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $134.00
  • Non-Member
    • $179.00 (US and Canada)
    • $216.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $74.00

Additional Information

  • Registration for both the individual webinar and the two-part package closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on May 11, 2011. Cancellations made by May 4, 2011 will receive a refund, less a $20 cancellation fee. After that date, there are no refunds.
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  • Webinar presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants will receive access information to the archived webinar following the event. An e-mail message containing archive access instructions will be sent approximately 48 hours after the event.