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tick tock, RDA clock

It’s June 2011, and you know what that means – time for the USA National Libraries to make their decision on RDA. Yep, any minute now… sometime before commencement of ALA on June 23, 2011, The Decision Will Be Announced.

Will it be YES?

Will it be NO?

Or will it be the fairly new “Yes – but…”, that is Conditional.

I’m leaning towards Conditional. Why? Because it was developed as a response only within the last few months. Prior to that it was either Yes or No.  Conditional being “Yes, but we would like to see X changes by X date”.


  1. It will not be instantaneous. I think the change will be gradual, over a period of some years (guessing the number 5). 
  2. Fewer libraries will purchase the RDA Toolkit than ever purchased AACR2
  3. Many will rely on short cut books, Mac’s lovely cheat sheets, and the old standard ‘copy what you see others doing’.
  4. Many mixed records will appear, many mistakes will be made, much gnashing of teeth will occur but fewer will take retirement over implementation.
  5. The ‘new’ MARC 21 will be greatly anticipated, more than RDA ever was.
  6. ILS vendors will make few changes to their systems based on RDA, as they will be anticipating the ‘new’ MARC 21 (just like many waited on FRBR because of RDA).
  7. Tons of training opportunities will spring up – some free, some not, some online, some in person.
  8. As always, much ranting will occur by the usual suspects in the usual venues (Twitter, AutoCat, NGC4LIB, etc. etc.).

If I’m right, I’m buying a lottery ticket.

What do you think?

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  1. June 8, 2011 at 7:40 am

    All sounds bang on to me!

    I think the move away from a Yes or a No is an interesting one, and one that has only really clicked in my head recently. I don’t think it’ll be a decision we consciously make as an institution: the world will start changing and we’ll have to adapt. Ultimately it’s heading generally in the right direction, especially given no. 5.

    • June 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      I’m most excited about #5 (Monty Python was wrong, #5 is right on…at least, this time). I hope we get to play into the what will new MARC21. I also hope they really look at parsing out the data as Karen Coyle and others have preached so loudly. I also hope my lottery ticket wins.

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