Information about RDA Implementation at Library and Archives Canada - January 2012
The RDA Committee of Principals met in August 2011. At this meeting, the British Library, Library and Archives Canada, the Library of Congress and the National Library of Australia confirmed their agreement (22 October 2007) to coordinate implementation of RDA, not sooner than early 2013. Further information will be posted as it becomes available.
Effective July 18, 2011, Library and Archives Canada will implement Dewey Decimal Classification edition 23
Library and Archives Canada ceasing use of MARC field 440 Series Statement/Added Entry
Effective December 1, 2008, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will use MARC field 490 for recording all series statements in newly created records and, if applicable, 8XX fields for series added entries. Library and Archives Canada will cease creating field 440 which was made obsolete by the MARC community in June 2008. Field 440 will exist in records created prior to December 1, 2008 as LAC will not be changing field 440 to field 490. The Canadian Union Catalogue will continue to accept and load records with field 440.
LAC Decision on Series Authority Records
Although LAC supports the goal of more cost-effective cataloguing and is undertaking its own review of policies, LAC has decided not to follow LC's recent decision to cease the creation of series authority records. The results of a costing analysis and consultation with the Canadian library community and with the public service areas of LAC indicate that the benefits of controlled series access points and authorities outweigh the cost of their creation.