Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Introduction to RDA (Sample course)

Instructor: Melissa Adler

Dates: Sample course, not scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: Free

We are offering this course as a demo, for people who want to see what our courses are like. The demo course does not come with the usual instructor involvement, but you can see the content and the way the course is laid out. To request access and receive your Moodle login, contact us at We will be happy to answer any follow-up questions you may have about our system or our courses.

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the new library cataloging for resource description and discovery, replacing AACR2. Upon completion of this four-week course you will be familiar with Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), the conceptual model on which RDA is based. You will be able to recognize and create bibliographic records using RDA and will be directed to the most recent and helpful resources that are available to help guide you through the transition to RDA. The course will cover the basic concepts required to confidently navigate and apply the guidelines in the RDA Toolkit.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Issues surrounding the change to RDA
  • Identifying FRBR entities – Works, Expressions, Manifestations, Items
  • Using the RDA Toolkit
  • MARC fields for RDA
  • Relationships in RDA
  • RDA vocabularies
  • Basic introduction to principles of linked data

Each week will include an introduction to the week's content, a few readings, and an exercise or quiz that provides hands-on practice. Participation in discussion forums will also be required. Expect to spend about 3.5 hours on coursework each week. Basic knowledge of MARC21 is not required, but is recommended as a prerequisite for taking this course.

Melissa Adler

Melissa Adler, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University in London, Ontario. Her research concerns the history of knowledge organization systems as they intersect with state and cultural discourses. Adler’s book, Cruising the Library: Perversities in the Organization of Knowledge (Fordham University Press, April 2017), is a study of the history of sexuality through the lens of Library of Congress classifications and categories. She has also published articles in Knowledge Organization, Library Quarterly, Information and Culture, and other journals. Interview with Melissa Adler

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.