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Appointment of Renate Behrens as RSC Chair-Elect 3 December 2021

The RDA Steering Committee is very pleased to announce that Renate Behrens is the new Chair-Elect.

The RDA Board, which unanimously ratified the recommendation of the search committee, and the RSC are especially pleased to welcome the first non Anglo-American to RSC leadership.

New Documents Posted 19 November 2021

Four documents, some quite substantive, have been posted recently on the RSC website:

RSC Chair-Elect recruitment underway 8 October 2021

The RSC has opened the application process for the next chair of the RDA Steering Committee; applicants must either be current members of the RSC or one of its working groups. The application deadline is 29 October 2021. The goal is to both identify the Chair-Elect and obtain the RDA Board's ratification by early December.

The Chair-Elect will serve for approximately thirteen months and transition to the role of Chair at the end of 2022. The four year term as Chair will conclude at the end of 2026, with a final year of service as Past Chair in 2027.

RSC Working Groups being formed 5 October 2021

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) is in the process of creating four new Working Groups to support the improvement of the RDA standard and invites expressions of interest to join these groups from those who have expertise.

Each Working Group will be active in 2022 and 2023 as a two-year, task-and-finish assignment. Each Working Group is intended to have international membership.

RSC website migration October 1 24 September 2021

This, the web presence of the RDA Steering Committee and RDA Board--and, home to RDA news and information on subscribing to and translating RDA Toolkit as well as the free trial sign up form, will migrate to a new server on October 1, 2021. This means that these sites will be down and inaccessible for a 4-6 hours that day.

Agenda for October 2021 RSC meeting available 17 September 2021

13 October 2021: The final agenda is now available. There were no substantive changes from the draft agenda.

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The draft agenda for the October 2021 RDA Steering Committee (RSC) meeting is now available. The final version of the agenda will be published just before the meeting begins, but the agenda is not expected to substantively change.

RDA in Europe Meeting on 14 September 8 September 2021

The RDA in Europe virtual meeting will take place on Tuesday, 14 September 2021 via Zoom.

The program for the event may be found here.

Attending the event is free but registration is required at the following link:

Education and Orientation Officer appointed 8 September 2021

The RDA Steering Committee is pleased to announce that Elisa Sze has been appointed to the position of Education and Orientation Officer.

The Education and Training Officer facilitates effective RDA instruction relating to the official Toolkit and encourages and supports communities in their transition to the official Toolkit.

This temporary position has a one-year term beginning January 1, 2022, with the possibility of one renewal upon mutual agreement. Elisa will join the RSC effective immediately to start orientation prior to the beginning of her term.

RSC Meeting in October 2021 30 August 2021

The October 2021 RDA Steering Committee (RSC) meeting will be a virtual meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This virtual meeting will span two weeks--12-15 October and 18-22 October--and will use a mix of asynchronous and synchronous (video) meeting styles. Three video calls will be scheduled during these two weeks for interactive discussions, with two in executive session and one as a public session.

It is not possible to have observers at the asynchronous parts of the meeting due to software constraints.

Wider Community Engagement Officer appointed 30 August 2021

The RDA Steering Committee is pleased to announce that Charlene Chou will succeed Ebe Kartus as the Wider Community Engagement Officer (WCEO) on the RSC. Charlene will begin as the WCEO-Elect on September 1, 2021 with a four-month training period that overlaps with Ebe’s term. Charlene will then take full responsibility in January 2022, serving a two-year term.