The U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee issued its first quarterly update on progress towards carrying out the recommendations made in the Committee’s Final Report issued in June 2011. The progress is very promising. Because the Library of Congress has such a large contingent of staff to be trained to apply RDA, we have determined that we will need sufficient lead time to get everyone trained. To set the training plan in motion, we needed to determine a target RDA Implementation Day One. As will be seen in the attached plan, we have determined that date to be March 31, 2013.
LC’s partner national libraries (U.S.: National Agricultural Library and National Library of Medicine; and non-U.S.: British Library, Library & Archives Canada, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, and National Library of Australia) have been apprised of our plan and also intend to target the first quarter of 2013 as their RDA implementation date, i.e., between January 2 and March 31, 2013.
We are now sharing our plan broadly to alert our various constituencies. By doing so as early as possible, we hope that this will help others prepare for RDA implementation. As we update the plan, we will continue to share it, along with documentation, training, and other related information on LC’s Resource Description and Access (RDA)—Information and Resources in Preparation for RDA Website (http://www.loc.gov/aba/rda/).