Vol. 9 No. 1 (2018): An overview on RDA in Europe: EURIG2017
EURIG 2017

RDA implementation and the emergence of BIBFRAME

Magda El-Sherbini
Ohio State University Library

Published 2018-01-15



How to Cite

El-Sherbini, Magda. 2018. “RDA Implementation and the Emergence of BIBFRAME”. JLIS.It 9 (1). https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-12443.


RDA (Resource Description and Access) has been adopted and is widely used as the standard for descriptive cataloging by libraries and related institutions. Since its implementation, RDA continues to evolve and grow to meet the end user needs. These developments brought into focus some of the shortcomings of MARC 21 as a description tool. Recognizing the need to create a more effective vehicle for bibliographic description, the Library of Congress developed BIBFRAME, a linked data alternative to MARC 21. In my article, I will discuss the evolution of RDA and the challenges of implementing the system, highlight the issues with MARC 21 in its relation to RDA and the role that BIBFRAME can play in the newly emerging information model.


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