Welcome to the RSC website

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) is responsible for maintaining RDA: Resource Description and Access.

RDA provides a set of guidelines and instructions on formulating data to support resource discovery.  RDA provides a comprehensive set of guidelines and instructions covering all types of content and media.

RDA is published by:

  • The American Library Association
  • The Canadian Library Association
  • CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

For information on purchasing RDA, see RDA Toolkit site.

RDA is published in English, French, German, and Spanish; several other translations are in progress. For information about translating RDA, contact James Hennelly, ALA Publishing.

The first step in the transition from the former Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) to the RDA Steering Committee began on November 6, 2015; the transition will occur in stages through 2019. The regions to be represented on the RDA Steering Committee are the following:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • North America
  • Oceania

In addition to representatives from these regions, the RSC includes a chair, secretary, and examples editor. By 2019 there will be one RSC representative per region. The current roster of RSC members can be viewed here.

Learn more about RDA.

Join the RDA-L discussion group at lists.ala.org/sympa/info/rda-l.

Proposals for revisions to RDA may be submitted for consideration by the RDA Steering Committee.
For a description of the process, including information on how to submit proposals and discussion papers,
see Submitting Proposals To Revise RDA.

For further information, contact: Gordon Dunsire, Chair of RSC.