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

(This course will be offered again in 2015)

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.

RDA Courses at Box Hill Institute, Victoria

Box Hill Institute offers short courses to introduce library staff to RDA at the two campus locations, Nelson Campus, Box Hill and CAE campus, Melbourne CBD. Call the Short Course Hotline 1300 BOX HILL (1300 269 445) for information about future session dates and enrolments.

Lynn Farkas Information Services

2 Day RDA Courses:

Course title: Cataloguing the RDA way
For information about future courses, please contact 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!  

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