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Title:Resource Description and Access (RDA) handbook for facilitating the understanding of RDA rules by librarians and catalogers in English Speaking countries in sub-Saharan Africa
Author(s):Ahonsi, Anthonia
Advisor(s):La Barre, Kathryn
Contributor(s):Batoma, Atoma; Tilley, Carol L.
Department / Program:Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Discipline:Library and Information Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):RDA handbook
RDA rules
African catalogers
Geographic Coverage:Sub-Sahara Africa.
Abstract:The organization of library resources to meet the information seeking needs of users, such as find, identify, select and obtain the needed information resources within a limited time by the patrons, is the prime goal of every librarian and cataloger, including those in sub- Sahara Africa. In order to meet this demand, they have to be equipped with the necessary professional tools, resources and skills to enhance their ability to create quality cataloging records for their library resources for easy search and retrieval of library resources by their library users. With the implementation of the Resource Description and Access (RDA) on April 4th 2013 in the United States and other countries, catalogers in the developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa face challenges in gaining access to the necessary training and preparation. This project acknowledges that many catalogers in this area have other challenges such as inadequate technological skills, limited Internet access, and unreliable electricity in the libraries where they serve. Since the RDA toolkit is published electronically, access to it by librarians and catalogers in Sub-Sahara Africa may be very difficult. Awareness of these challenges led to this CAS project work to prepare for the creation of an RDA handbook for facilitating the understanding of RDA rules by librarians and catalogers in English speaking countries, in sub-Sahara Africa. The project report will discuss how the researcher determined desirable content for the handbook, and provide some examples from the handbook.
Issue Date:2014-07-30
Genre:Certificate of Advanced Study Project Report
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-07-30

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