The Catalogue & Index December (201) issue includes a contribution* by Alan Danskin (Metadata Standards Manager, British Library) in which the author states:
"Note that Library of Congress will not implement 3R until all its cataloguers have been migrated to Bibframe. The British Library will not be implementing Bibframe in conjunction withRDA."
Leaving aside for the nonce the disconnect between LC and BL plans with respect to BIBFRAME, can someone on this list confirm the first statement, that LC "will not implement 3R until all its cataloguers have been migrated to Bibframe"?
*Link to the full paper: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.cilip.org.uk/resource/collection/1CC1290D-9D80-4DD6-9FEE-1C67BD64CB25/C&I201Danskin_RDA_3R_implementation.pdf
That appears to be the case. See the LC-PCC implementation plan: https://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/documents/PoCo-2020/newRDA%20ImpementationPlanNov2.pdf. In it, you will that testing will occur before implementation, and that LC will test using the BIBFRAME editor. It also notes that "LC hopes to implement RDA using the BIBFRAME editor, so the staff will not be trained to apply the RDA Toolkit in a MARC environment."
The "hopes" in that sentence is telling, as is the bullet point that follows it in the document (and which is left as an open question):
"Should the implementation date be a rolling date allowing PCC members to choose whether to be trained in a linked data or MARC environment or remain with the former toolkit for a while? "
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