PART 1: RDA & Cataloging

Below are listed questions that were submitted during the May 11, 2011 webinar. Answers from the presenters will be added when available. Not all the questions could be responded to during the live webinar, so those that could not be addressed at the time are also included below.


  • Todd Carpenter, NISO Managing Director
  • Bob Maxwell, Head, Special Collections and Formats Catalog Department, Brigham Young University
  • John Espley, Principal Librarian, VTLS

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NISO Webinar Questions and Answers

1. I don't get the touting of advantages of RDA and entity relationship databases as NEW - aren't most current ILS databases already relational databases?

2. Do you see future library systems encoding data for the semantic web? Replacing MARC with RDF etc.?

3. Is it possible to sort that tree by the format of the material so all sound recordings are grouped together?

4. Is there a publically available VTLS catalogue available somewhere where I could try out some of these interface features?

5. Can you briefly discuss the transition from legacy systems using MARC and AACR2?

6. Can either speaker discuss the role they see of RDA in collaborative cataloging? That's potentially a very big part of the cataloging effort going forward.

7. What about dealing with the older legacy MARC record?

8. Does the sandbox have an opac component so you can see what your records look like to the public

9. Can you recommend an OPAC that successfully employs RDA (WorldCat Local?). If not, are there any websites that are good examples of an entity-relationship database model (e.g., a commercial site with search capability that demonstrates these principles)?

10. How close do you think we are to a post-MARC encoding and exchange environment for libraries and ILS systems? That is, something more capable of realizing the RDA Entity-Relationship model?

11. Post-MARC, how do you anticipate exchanging this metadata?

12. How will continuing resources be affected with this system?

13. Does RDA require access points for all authors and titles of chapters of edited works without having a description of the item showing their relationship? AACR 2 would require a contents note to show their relationship to the item. How does RDA show that specific relationship?

14. How will continuing resources be affected with this system?