National Library of Australia

Training courses

A list of Australian training courses and seminars relating to RDA can be viewed here. Details of courses will be added as they become available.

To add your course to the list please contact

ALIA training

RDA for Practitioners 2014

4 August - 29 August (Register 21 July)

The need to address the challenges of the digital world and metadata users has resulted in the development of the new cataloguing record standard, RDA: Resource Description and Access, to replace AACR2.

This 3 week online course will provide practitioners with an overview and understanding of the changes RDA implementation will bring.

See the course brochure for more information and to register.

RDA Courses at Box Hill Institute, Victoria

Box Hill Institute is offering sessions to introduce library staff to this new cataloguing standard. Sessions have been scheduled at the two campus locations, Nelson Campus, Box Hill and CAE campus, Melbourne CBD.

Lynn Farkas Information Services

2 Day RDA Courses:

Course title: Cataloguing the RDA way
Dates:          Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th June
Time:            9.00am to 5.00pm each day
Venue:          Sydney CBD (Venue TBA)
Cost:             $825 per person (including GST)

Dates:          Thursday 12th and Friday 13th June
Time:            9.00am to 5.00pm each day
Venue:          Melbourne (Venue TBA)
Cost:             $825 per person (including GST)

Bookings:        email Jessica Onstenk,

An intensive two-day course that covers all the basic concepts required to competently catalogue using the RDA Toolkit and instruction set.  Participants learn to understand and apply RDA instructions, and to create RDA-compliant cataloguing records.  Practice sessions cover all the new features of RDA and how they can be applied, particularly using MARC coding.  Exercises focus on understanding practical applications and will culminate in the creation of full RDA-compliant cataloguing records.

Note: this course assumes a basic familiarity with the RDA Toolkit.  If you have not attended Toolkit training (through our webinars, personal use of the Toolkit, or training by others), you can access one of the free archived webinars on the RDA Toolkit site.

Our presenters, Lynn Farkas and Helen Rowe are experienced cataloguers, qualified trainers and designated Libraries Australia and RDA trainers. Helen and Lynn have delivered webinar and face-to-face RDA training to over 500 librarian and technician cataloguers across the country. They have also written the new RDA-compliant cataloguing module for the New Zealand Open Polytechnic (which provides New Zealand's only undergraduate degrees in library and information science) - so you'll be in good hands!  

State Library of Queensland

The State Library of Queensland is offering a free ‘Introduction to RDA’ training session covering the following topics –

  • Identifying FRBR entities – Works, Expressions, Manifestations, Items
  • Similarities and differences between AACR2 and RDA
  • Searching and navigating the RDA Toolkit – an introduction
  • New MARC fields for RDA
  • Relationships in RDA
  • Vocabulary in RDA
  • SLQ experience of RDA implementation

This session will be recorded and made available to participants who cannot attend in person.

Date:            Monday 12 May
Time:            9.00am for 9.30 start to 1.00pm (Morning tea will be provided)
Venue:         Auditorium 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane.

RSVP to – Letitia Day by 7 May 2014
p: 07 3842 9096

TMQ, Inc. (The MARC of Quality)

TMQ offers RDA and other cataloging training either onsite or online. For a description of our approach to RDA training see our article in issue 76 of Catapult : Newsletter of the LIANZA Cataloguing Special Interest Group 

For a list of our workshops visit this link 

Onsite sessions in the Asia-Pacific region can be arranged for groups of up to 25. 

Online sessions are scheduled on an as-needed basis, at times most convenient to the requesting group, and are usually open to anyone wishing to register. See the 2014 calendar of scheduled sessions

To schedule an onsite session, or find out about registering for an online session, email Deborah Fritz at