RDA Enrichment: 34X Fields Now Available!

After many months of conversation, internal testing, plus one substantial live run, we are thrilled to announce that Backstage is now able to add 34X fields to your bibliographic records as part of your automated RDA enrichment processing.

Under RDA, the 34X fields provide a place for characteristics of an item’s format and presentation, allowing details that go beyond the prescribed range of CMC terms in the 33X fields. These descriptors are often already present in the MARC record, but they are scattered across a range of fields and subfields. Placing this information into 34X fields can make the data more accessible to emerging discovery tools, opening new avenues for faceted search and linked data.

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RDA Day One

No Joke!  Day one for RDA Implementation has finally arrived.  Well, at least it’s Day One for the Library of Congress and NACO participants who contribute to the Name Authority File.  With the completion of the Phase 2 NAF record updates, the LC Name Authority File has been converted to RDA except for those (relatively) few records that will need manual updating.   LC will now be cataloging and doing all authority work using RDA.  Backstage has already begun using these new RDA records in our authority matching process. Continue reading