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Special RDA Event in Chicago May 16, 2017 8 March 2017

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) cordially invites interested catalogers and metadata application developers to a special, one-day event of focused discussion of some of the current challenges for RDA.

"Reconstructing RDA in the LRM: aggregations, authorities, and appellations" will be held in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, preceding the RSC meeting. The specific location, and other event details, will be announced shortly.

2016 Approved RDA Proposals 6 March 2017

The final versions of the proposals approved by the RDA Steering Committee during and after the November 2016 meeting have been posted on this website. Access to these "Sec final" documents is available via the new documents page (

The changes in RDA will not be in effect until they appear in the April 2017 Update of RDA Toolkit.

Implementation of the LRM in RDA 3 February 2017

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) agreed at its November 2016 meeting to adopt the draft IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM) as a conceptual model for the development of RDA: Resource Description and Access, replacing the Functional Requirements family of models (FRBR, FRAD, and FRSAD) that are superseded by the LRM.

RDA Board Appointments 27 January 2017

The RDA Board is pleased to announce the results of the recent appointments process which was undertaken at the end of 2016. This marks the formal adoption of the new governance structure by the Board and in particular a change from specific constituents being represented on Board to National Institution Representatives for each region.

The following representatives and institutions have been appointed to the RDA Board.

RSC Meetings and Outreach in 2017 19 January 2017

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) will meet twice in 2017.

The first meeting will take place on May 17-19 2017 in Chicago, USA, at ALA Headquarters.

The second meeting will take place in Madrid, Spain, at Biblioteca Nacional de España. Dates for the three-day meeting in October or early November 2017 will be announced in due course.

The main item on the agenda at both meetings will be the development of the content of RDA Toolkit during the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign (3R) Project, leading to the release of the new design in April 2018.

RSC Translations Team Liaison Officer Appointed and RDA Reference Translation News 16 December 2016

Daniel Paradis has been appointed as the Translations Team Liaison Officer on the RDA Steering Committee (RSC), effective December 1, 2016. This appointment is another step in the expansion of governance planned for the RSC, and is the first of the new specialist officer roles to be activated. In this role, Daniel will also take on leadership of the RDA Translations Working Group from James Hennelly, with immediate effect. The Translations Team Liaison Officer represents the interests of RDA translators and the Translations Working Group on RSC.

Outcomes of the 2016 RSC Meeting 4 December 2016

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) met at the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from November 7-11, 2016. For outcomes of this meeting, see RSC/Outcomes/2016.

Posted: 5 December 2016

3R Project: Update from 2016 Frankfurt Meeting 28 November 2016

This announcement provides updated information about the 3R Project (RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project) resulting from discussions held at the RDA Steering Committee meeting in Frankfurt am Main 7-11 November 2016.

RSC Meeting in Frankfurt 7-11 November 2016: Update 20 November 2016

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) just concluded a productive meeting at the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. This message is the first of several that—in addition to the forthcoming and more detailed Outcomes document—provides basic information about decisions taken.

November 2016 RSC Meeting Agenda 21 October 2016

The agenda for the November 2016 meeting of the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) is now available. The RSC will meet November 7-11, 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, at Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.

Observers may attend the public sessions of the meeting. Please contact both the RSC Chair, Gordon Dunsire, and the RSC Secretary, Judy Kuhagen, by October 26 if you want to attend any of those sessions.