ACRL RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee Rare Books and Manuscripts Section

Bib Standards statement on RDA

  • 1.  Bib Standards statement on RDA

    Posted Apr 13, 2012 09:43 AM

    The RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee has adopted the following statement as its official position on DCRM and RDA:
    The Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section advises catalogers using Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM) for books and serials—DCRM(B) and DCRM(S)—to continue for the time being to follow the rules, options, and alternatives as written. Do not attempt to incorporate elements or practices based on Resource Description and Access (RDA) into descriptions based on DCRM. This instruction does not apply to the choice or form of headings in the bibliographic record, which are outside the scope of DCRM. Bibliographic records with the description conforming to DCRM, regardless of whether the headings are AACR2 or RDA, should still be coded ‘a’ in LDR/18, and ‘dcrmb’ or ‘dcrms’ in 040 ‡e. A task force has been formed to make recommendations on DCRM and RDA. Please see for current information on this process.

    These instructions to special collections catalogers were created by the BSC Task Force on RDA, which is being led by Deborah J. Leslie of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Catherine Uecker of the University of Chicago, and John Attig of the RDA Joint Steering Committee, with assistance from representatives of all of the DCRM cataloging modules.  The Task Force will be working through the spring to compile recommendations on DCRM and RDA, and will issue a report by Annual 2012. 

    Please follow the ongoing progress of the Task Force on the BSC web page (see link above), where new developments and updates on DCRM/RDA issues will be posted.

    And for those attending the RBMS Preconference in San Diego this year, please consider attending the BSC-sponsored discussion session, “The Future of Rare Materials Cataloging Standards: Can DCRM and RDA Get Along?,which will be held on Thursday, June 21, 1:30-3:00 pm, and moderated by Francis Lapka of the Yale Center for British Art, and Lori Dekydtspotter of the Lilly Library.