Describing Electronic, Digital, and Other Media Using AACR2 and RDA: A How-to-do-it Manual and CD-ROM for Librarians

by Mary Beth Weber, Fay Angela Austin

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Since the previous edition of this highly regarded textbook, many new types of material - integrating resources, dual-disc DVDs, streaming video, to mention just a few - have developed, and current cataloguing standards do not always keep pace with such rapidly emerging technologies that continue to evolve. Resource Description and Access (RDA) has replaced the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR), and has a much wider scope in terms of the range of resources covered, but inevitably there is a period of amendment of this new set of rules, based upon practical operation and community feedback. Cataloguers need solutions to help them make sense of these and other related issues that arise during the course of their work. They seek assistance via listservs and blogs, by attending professional conferences and workshops, and through networking with colleagues. However, there is a demand for an up-to-date, comprehensive guide to cataloguing with examples and illustrations of rule applications, and this new book offers just that. The key types of materials covered are: cartographic resources; sound recordings; videos; electronic resources (CDs, online resources); electronic integrating resources; microforms; multimedia kits. A companion CD-ROM contains fully-worked out examples, models and illustrations, and acts as an important visual guide to help reinforce key concepts. In addition, a companion website ( provides updates on changes in RDA and other cataloguing resources and practices; links to presentations, blog posts, etc; and a means to contact the authors with questions and feedback. This authoritative text is essential reading for all cataloguers, and also for information professionals and support staff using integrated library systems, searching OCLC, and applying and interpreting Library of Congress Classification and Subject Headings. It will also be invaluable for LIS students.

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