Bibliographic Control Alphabet Soup: AACR to RDA and Evolution of MARC is a 90-minute “webinar” (I hate that word) on Wednesday 14 October 2009. Starts at 1:30 pm Eastern (18:30 UTC). I thought it was free but it costs about $100, so there you go. If you can’t make it Wednesday you can still pay to watch it later.
Barbara Tillett is talking about AACR2, RDA, VIAF, and linked data; William Moen is talking about his research into MARC usage; and Diane Hillmann is talking about RDA elements and vocabularies and gets a bit FRBRy:
As the lynchpin of hugely successful efforts by libraries to provide information on their holdings to both local and remote users, MARC has had an illustrious presence. However, the format is beginning to fail libraries as many of our partners and potential partners in a greatly enriched information ecosystem do not “speak” MARC but handle their data in very different ways. RDA elements and vocabularies represent the distillation of library descriptive knowledge, optimized for use within an environment that speaks XML, RDF, and linked data, and which seek to express that knowledge in an FRBR-aware manner. This webinar will provide a brief overview of RDA elements and vocabularies.