British Columbia Library Association

Understanding the Library Reference Model and Discovering The New RDA Toolkit

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A major revamp of the RDA Toolkit, known as RDA 3R will be finalized for official use in late 2020. This revision to RDA will incorporate a new conceptual model, the IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM). LRM combines the Functional Requirements family of models (FRBR, FRAD, and FRSAD) into a single more comprehensive model. It was designed to be usable in linked data environments and to support and promote the use of bibliographic data in such environments.

This session will begin by introducing participants to those concepts of LRM that are key to understanding, navigating and applying the (currently Beta) RDA Toolkit instructions. This will be followed by an exploration of the Toolkit, and its practical application as a cataloguing tool. We will discover the new version of the Toolkit by following different paths into the instructions using real-world examples of questions that arise in the course of the cataloguer’s day-to-day work. 


Linda Woodcock is Technical Services librarian at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Linda is a certified trainer for a variety of continuing education cataloguing courses and serves as Coordinator of the NACO Canada Funnel, a mechanism for contributing to an international name authority database. She was a member of the Pan-Canadian Working Group on Cataloguing with RDA, which produced and delivered a number of RDA workshops as RDA was first implemented.

Sue Andrews has been a cataloguer at the University of British Columbia Library for more than 25 years, and Principal Cataloguer since 1997. She has given presentations on the new cataloguing rules RDA at CLA and BCLA, and participated in the Pan-Canadian Working Group on Cataloguing with RDA as one of the module developers and as a workshop presenter. She presently serves on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing as the representative for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.

Registration opens on February 20 and closes on April 1.

Please note, this event does not include a refund if registration is cancelled.

This event includes coffee, tea and some light refreshments. There will be a break in between the workshop and the BCCATS meeting from 12 – 1:30. Lunch will not be provided.


For questions about the event, please contact Michelle Yule –


April 14th, 2020 9:30 AM   through   12:00 PM
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Campus
8771 Lansdowne Rd, Room 1380
Richmond, BC V6X 3X7
Members and Non-Members $ 40.00