PROVO, Utah, December 5, 2014. Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com), has seen significant growth in requests for its customizable RDA enrichment services. To date, Backstage has enriched more than 60 million bibliographic records with RDA elements for more than 60 client libraries.
To ensure consistency within their clients' catalogs, Backstage conducted a survey among libraries on the subject of RDA implementation. In response to the feedback, Backstage offered its existing authority control customers the opportunity to receive free retrospective RDA enrichment for their AACR2 records. As a result, institutions with as few as 27,000 records to as many as 6.1 million gladly scheduled the service.
Noteworthy increase was also seen in 2014 among new clients opting for RDA enrichment. In 2013, 43 percent of new clients chose RDA enrichment for their bibliographic records. In 2014, 93 percent of new clients readily chose automated RDA enrichment as part of the process.
Nate Cothran, vice president of automation services for Backstage notes:
"Two key benefits with our RDA enrichment service are customization and consistency. Our libraries have let us know they want processing done the right way, which is their way, and we are happy to oblige.
With the Library of Congress and other national entities starting to add more RDA bibliographic records, running RDA enrichment for our clients' catalogs introduces greater consistency for patrons and users alike.
We couldn't be happier with the outpouring of support for our RDA enrichment services and for helping to make a difference to our clients and their catalogs."
Backstage's authority control system offers deep customization through an online profile, detailed planning guides and wikis, and a generous set of reports. Processing includes field validation and data cleanup, with optional local authority data preservation, matching against a number of specialized vocabulary files, and RDA enrichment. These services assist libraries in creating consistency and uniformity within their databases.
Backstage can upgrade existing non-RDA bibliographic records to RDA standards and re-describe the records as RDA in an automated fashion according to an institution's preferences. To help libraries maintain newly updated catalogs with heading accuracy, and to benefit from future RDA-based discovery capabilities, Backstage offers new bibliographic record upgrades and authority updates as part of its authority control services.
Backstage's RDA offerings include:
- Full service cataloging
- RDA-ready authority control
- RDA enrichment for AACR2 records
- Validation and enrichment for existing RDA records
- Rich GMD to CMC mapping
- Custom programming and data processing
About Backstage Library Works
Backstage's objective is to provide the most technologically advanced and efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 25 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.