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Chris Oliver
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Chris Oliver has worked at the McGill University Library since 1989, as a cataloguing librarian and cataloguing manager. Her current position is Coordinator of Cataloguing and Authorities.

Chris Oliver has worked at the McGill University Library since 1989, as a cataloguing librarian and cataloguing manager. degrees from McGill University. Chris is the Chair of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing and has been a member of the Committee since 1997. This has given her the opportunity to be involved with the evolution of RDA from its beginning. She served as a member of the Joint Steering Committee’s Format Variation Working Group and as Chair of the RDA Outreach Group

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This book aims to describe some of the basic features of the standard to help with implementation planning and preparation.

She is a member of the Canadian Library Association and has chaired the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing. 4 2010 by the American Library Association. Every instruction in RDA relates back to the user and to the tasks that the user wishes to accomplish. This book aims to describe some of the basic features of the standard to help with implementation planning and preparation. NOTES 1. IFLA Study Group on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records: Final Report (Munich: Saur, 1998).

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Chris Oliver is the Head of Metadata and Processing at the University of Ottawa Library. She was the Chair of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing during the development of RDA and was a member of international working groups that contributed to the development and implementation of RDA. Currently, she represents the Canadian Federation of Library Associations on the RDA Board.

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Introducing RDA : A Guide to the Basics. By (author) Chris Oliver.

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is more than a revised standard it represents a total shift in the cataloging process as a whole. This highly practical, concise introduction will guide both catalogers and general library staff through the basics of RDA, its implementation, and its expected benefits for users and catalogers alike. Author Chris Oliver provides a contextual overview of and thoroughly explains the reasons for the switch from AACR to RDA. He outlines transition steps, the new ways in which staff will need to approach describing and creating access to resources, and important guidelines to follow after implementation. Introducing RDA: A Guide to the Basics is a much needed introductory explanation for catalogers, general library staff, and LIS students.
  • Gralmeena
I am teaching RDA for the first time this semester. I was looking at the book as much to study the way in presents RDA as to learn about RDA itself.

The book is oriented primarily to those who are already familiar with AACR2, which my students are not. So it did not serve the purpose for which I bought it.

Also, I had to write to LC for an explanation of RDA's unprecedented inclusion of cross-references in the term "access point." The book did not explain THAT.
  • Zugar
I am only half way through it as I am trying to remember as much as possible. It is so hard to switch from AACR2 after so many years this is very helpful.
  • Jonide
This book was very helpful with an understanding of what RDA is. Easy to read and understand, so was ready for the introduction of this into our library management system. Would recommend this to people who are going to use RDA.
  • Tcaruieb
  • Inabel
I have catalogued in my past and I can put up with a good deal of pedantic goings on. This about tops the list of why cataloguers have such a bad rep. I am half way through the book and have passed the sludge of RDA history (did I need to know this in a thin book on introducting RDA. I think not). I wonder if I should push forward.
I can understand why very few MLIS students are turning to cataloguing if this is their introduction to the field.
  • Grari
Was overloaded with information but a bit dry.
  • Naril
Christine Oliver, coordinator of cataloguing and authorities at McGill University Libraries, is one of the most competent librarians in the world to discuss RDA and author such a primer.

The audience for this book is practicing cataloguers familiar with AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition) practices who want to prepare themselves for RDA and probably have not been in library school for ten years or more. Oliver does an excellent job of distilling the FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) theoretical model into practical terms.

Additionally Oliver points out how much of the language in RDA is similar to or exactly the same as AACR2 and points out where language has been altered and drastically changed to fit the FRBR model. This makes it very useful for those acquainted with AACR2, but may be less useful for those with no AAACR2 experience.

This book is very skinny, so it is a quick and easy read. I don't quite understand a previous review suggesting that the text is overly wordy. (And to reply to another comment, no textbook author is paid by the word! Far from it and certainly not by CLA and ALA.)

The one drawback is that Oliver had to write this book using the draft language of RDA and probably had early access to the initial release in June 2010. However, the text is written in such a way that it would take major changes to the text of RDA before this book could become obsolete.
Wow. Talk about one being verbose. He takes simple, common sense concepts and makes them convoluted. I really wonder if it is his perception of self-worth/importance on display. Too much trying to show how clever he is instead of trying to simply describe RDA. Perhaps this was the chance to show off to the Library crowd or to mystify the simple so only a few will be in the know and others will come seeking their great, hidden pearls.

Whatever- He uses pages to explain what should be reduced to sentences. In school, I was taught that if you really knew your subject, you could explain it succinctly or perhaps you just like to hear yourself talk and/or read your writing.

No wonder this has been years in the development with multiple committees (ever see all the names on the RDA print document). Everybody wants to be a star. Perhaps we should do what RDA was supposed to be. A simple rendering of facts and nothing more complicated. People are supposed to make communication of ideas simple for understanding. I guess that is why writers write and these librarians class them.

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Let's exhume Melvill Dewey and force him to rethink the ALA.