RDA Cataloging – When You’re Ready, We’re Ready
RDA (Resource Description and Access) is the new cataloging standard scheduled to replace AACR2r (Anglo American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition, revised) on March 31, 2013. Follett Library Resources will begin cataloging using RDA cataloging standards as of that date. This means when your school/district is ready to start receiving RDA records, we’ll be ready to provide them to you (for materials cataloged on or after March 31, 2013). However, until you tell us that you’re ready, we’ll continue to send you AACR2r records.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with RDA, it provides more comprehensive guidelines on cataloging audiovisual and digital resources than AACR2r. RDA focuses on helping end users find, identify, select and obtain the information they want. To that end RDA calls for more exact transcription of information from each item cataloged, including listing more names in the statement of responsibility as well as fuller forms of publisher names and places in the imprint statement. RDA also replaces most abbreviations and the Latin terms that are currently used in AACR2r with more standard verbiage. The GMD (general material designation) will be replaced by three new MARC21 tags. All of this, and more, will lead to the creation of longer, more user-friendly, bibliographic records.
If you’re looking for more information on RDA, the primary resource is the RDA Toolkit itself, which can be acquired by subscription at http://www.rdatoolkit.org/. The toolkit contains the guidelines for the new standard and a lot of additional information, including the Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements (LC-PCC PS) – the RDA version of Library of Congress Rule Interpretations (LCRIs).
Electronic Data Services
Folletts electronic data supports all commercially produced circulation and online catalog systems. All Follett Software Companys Webpath Express (formerly called 856Express!") subscribers receive catalog records that include web links automatically and at no extra charge. Follett
Receive MARC Records Online Via TITLEWAVE
With our online delivery of MARC Records on TITLEWAVE, you have access to your MARC records just as soon as your shipment leaves the warehouse. Its a fast and easy way to integrate your new MARC records into your OPAC.
Folletts shelflist cards feature ISBN, accession or bar code number, interest level, reading level, purchase price and date, review sources with dates (from 1995 on), LC number, funding code, and invoice number.
> Click Here to view a sample book catalog record. (PDF 44 kb)
> Click Here to view a sample audiovisual catalog record. (PDF 44 kb)
Accelerated Reader® cataloging
With Folletts Accelerated Reader 526 tag in the catalog record, it is easy to search for Accelerated Reader books if your librarys electronic circulation system supports the tag. This tag includes the reading program name, reading level, point value, quiz number, and holding code (if your library is a member of a union catalog).
Reading Counts™ cataloging
With Folletts Reading Counts 526 tag in the catalog record, it is easy to search for Reading Counts books if your librarys electronic system supports the 526 tag. This tag includes the reading program name, reading level, point value, and holding code (if your library is a member of a union catalog). Folletts Reading Counts cataloging also inserts the Lexile measure (if available) in a 521 tag.
Download Our Processing & cataloging Specifications Forms.
> Book Processing & cataloging Specifications Form (1.0 mb PDF)
> A/V Processing & cataloging Specifications Form (1.1 mb PDF)