December 6, 2011. SkyRiver has announced a unique approach to implementing RDA (Resource Description and Access) that allows libraries to adopt this new cataloging standard on a schedule that fits their circumstances. Effective December 1, 2011, SkyRiver users have three options for viewing and exporting bibliographic data: RDA Mode for libraries preparing for or ready to move into an RDA environment; Hybrid Mode for libraries adopting RDA yet still having a need for non-RDA data elements for their local systems; and Non-RDA Mode for libraries not ready for RDA cataloging at this time. Libraries also may move from one mode of operation to another as they progress in their planning toward full RDA compliance.
The US RDA Test Coordinating Committee's June 2011 recommendation for national adoption of RDA no sooner than January 2013 acknowledges the reality that AACR2 and RDA coding practices will need to coexist for some time. SkyRiver's RDA support is designed to accommodate this environment by assisting libraries to position themselves for an increasingly digital world, yet at their own pace.
Along with the choice of operational mode, enhancements to SkyRiver's cataloging client now make data entry of RDA field sets simpler and more accurate. In addition, SkyRiver provides direct contextual links to ALA's RDA Toolkit, allowing catalogers to check RDA coding rules from within a MARC record without having to log in each time a link is invoked.
Among the adopters of SkyRiver's RDA Mode are the Utah State University Libraries. Cheryl Adams, Head of Cataloging at USU, is pleased with SkyRiver's approach. As she notes, "SkyRiver's RDA support ensures that we will capture all available RDA data and easily add new RDA fields. This will help to make our transition a smooth one."