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New Protocol with NDMSO and Other Updates 29 January 2016

The RSC is pleased to announce the publication of a protocol with the Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office (NDMSO). It is a light-weight agreement "to support communication between the editorial processes of the RSC and the NDMSO in order to improve synchronization of relevant MARC 21 documentation with changes to RDA vocabularies and designators, and to support semantic interoperability between data compatible with RDA and data compatible with the MARC 21 formats."

New DNB RSC Member 13 January 2016

Renate Behrens joined the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) on January 8, 2016. She replaced Christine Frodl as the representative of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.

Information about Renate is given below.

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Renate Behrens has worked in the German National Library’s Office for Library Standards since 2008, engaged in project management and cooperation between libraries and library networks in the German-speaking countries. She has previously worked in other areas of the Library, including the Cataloguing Department, Subject Heading Department, and ISSN-Centre.

Outcomes of the 2015 JSC Meeting 8 December 2015

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) met at the National Library of Scotland, in Edinburgh, Scotland, from November 2-6, 2015. For outcomes of this meeting, see RSC/Outcomes/2015.

Full RDA Examples Updated 3 December 2015

The full RDA examples posted on the RDA Toolkit blog have been updated. These examples show an RDA element set view and the nearest equivalent MARC 21 encoding view of bibliographic and authority records. Some examples have been replaced, and a few new examples have been added. The examples are freely available to all. No subscription to RDA Toolkit is required to access and download the examples.

RLS-athon in Edinburgh Follows Maurice Dance in Wellington 26 November 2015

The RLS-athon, focusing on Robert Louis Stevenson and his works, is the latest Jane-athon. It was held November 9, 2015 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation in Edinburgh, Scotland, following the JSC meeting. The event was organized by the Cataloguing and Indexing Group Scotland in collaboration with the JSC.

RDA Governance Review Takes First Step in Implementation 7 November 2015

On Friday 6th November 2015, the first step in implementing the recent review of the RDA Governance Model was taken with the launch of the new governance branding.

At a reception, which followed the Joint Steering Committee meeting in Edinburgh, the names of the Committee of Principals and Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA changed to the RDA Board and RDA Steering Committee (RSC).

Jane-athon Success Continues 20 October 2015

Following the success of the first Jane-athon in Chicago in January 2015, similar events have taken place, or are scheduled to take place, around the world in San Francisco and Boston (USA), London (England), Wellington (New Zealand), and Edinburgh (Scotland). “Jane-athon” has become a generic term for these events.

November 2015 JSC Meeting Agenda 12 October 2015

The agenda for the November 2015 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) is now available. The JSC will meet November 2-6, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the National Library of Scotland, Board Room.

Changes to RDA Governance in the UK 1 October 2015

Members of the Committee of Principals and JSC have looked at the options for the transition to Europe regional representation in the new governance structure for RDA. It is clear that the European RDA Interest Group, EURIG (, would be the ideal body to take forward the representation of the needs of RDA communities in Europe.

RDA Translations Policy and Working Group 22 September 2015

A new policy for translations of RDA has been published on the JSC website as 6JSC/Policy/6 (Translation Policy for RDA and RDA Toolkit). The policy will support the strategy for developing RDA for international communities outlined in the recent announcement by the Committee of Principals. The policy will be applied by the Co-Publishers of RDA to existing and new translations.