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Resource Description and Access in Europe: Implementations and perceptions

Ducheva, Dilyana P.; Pennington, Diane Rasmussen


Dilyana P. Ducheva


This research explored the implementations and perceptions of the Resource Description and Access (RDA) cataloguing standard in Europe. It refers to the development and implementation of the standard among Anglo-American libraries and draws comparisons between them. It examines the spread and application of RDA throughout Europe both by analysing the available literature and by conducting interviews with professionals at 12 European national libraries.The results highlight the issues faced by the European institutions and the unique perspectives that emerge from implementing RDA in different languages and cultures. European institutions demonstrate a higher level of involvement and interest in the development of RDA and a stronger desire to work towards RDA interoperability and alignment with the cultural heritage sector. The European implementation drives forward the internationalisation of RDA by actively seeking solutions to the issues in the new standard arising from the cultural and linguistic diversity.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date May 24, 2017
Publication Date 2019-06
Deposit Date Feb 3, 2023
Journal Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
Print ISSN 0961-0006
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 2
Pages 387-402
Keywords RDA; national libraries; European librries; RDA implementation; cataloguing; library collaboration; resource description and access; cataloguing standards; interoperability; linguistic diversity; cultural diversity