National Library of Australia

RDA and systems

We’ve pulled together statements on RDA from various library system vendors, cataloguing vendors and shared databases. To advise us of links to your system's RDA implementation news and plans, please send details to

Interviews with the following vendors are available on the RDA Toolkit blog

Libraries Australia

Libraries Australia will be implementing a number of changes in the Cataloguing service towards the end of February or early in March, including: 

  • Support for new MARC field 264 which will replace field 260 in RDA records
  • Replacement of the current Libraries Australia Cataloguing Client templates with new RDA templates
  • Changes to the Record Import Service (RIS) matching and merging to give preference to RDA records over records created according to Anglo American Cataloging Rules 2nd edition (AACR2) and older standards. 

The Libraries Australia Training system will also be updated at that time. 

The Libraries Australia Cataloguing system already supports the use of 33X fields via RIS and the Cataloguing Client. A list of all the MARC21 changes that have already been made to support RDA   can be found at:

It is also possible to search for RDA bibliographic and authority records via the Cataloguing Client using the command  f sou rda.

The Libraries Australia Search service will be updated in February to support the searching and display of RDA data elements. The Document Delivery service will be updated in March. 

RDA fields 336, 337 and 338 will be added to the LA Search WebCat input form in March. In the meantime if you wish to add these fields through WebCat there is a workaround. After saving your record, and saving again at the second save prompt, you are taken to a window which displays the MARC record that you have just created. At this point it is possible to add the 33X tags in MARC format by editing the record directly. 

Trove will be updated in March to support RDA data elements in bibliographic and authority records.


OCLC have made a new policy statement about RDA records in WorldCat available as part of the RDA pages on the OCLC website ( This new policy becomes effective on March 31, 2013. The current policy, which has been in effect since the beginning of the U.S. National Libraries testing, will remain in effect until that date.

To help libraries prepare for implementation of RDA, OCLC has compiled a list of resources that are available:


SCIS has started a blog in which they will provide information about RDA for school libraries: see SCIS will be closely monitoring the national implementation strategies and will develop its own implementation plan once more information is available.


SirsiDynix is committed to helping their customers make the transition to RDA with as little disruption as possible to their daily workflow. SirsiDynix has integrated the RDA Toolkit into the Cataloging modules of Symphony and Horizon, using a context-sensitive linking to both the RDA Toolkit and Library of Congress MARC Description pages.

Further information about SirsDynix’s support for RDA see


SkyRiver has announced a unique approach to implementing RDA (Resource Description and Access) that allows libraries to adopt RDA 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. For more information see


Beginning July 1, 2013, YBP Catalogers will adhere to Resource Description and Access cataloging instructions and Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements (LC-PCC PS) as well as PCC’s Guide 1 – Enhancing & Editing RDA Monograph Records:

  • when upgrading cataloging copy that identifies itself as RDA
  • when upgrading cataloging copy whose descriptive cataloging form is unidentifiable (as with machine-generated encoding level 3 records)
  • when creating any original cataloging record

YBP Catalogers will utilize an expanded version of LC RDA Core Elements in determining the fullness of a catalog record. For instance, YBP Catalogers will include more than the first statement of responsibility if considered important. They will transcribe names and include access points for up to three creators or contributors.