Vol. 7 No. 2 (2016): RDA, Resource Description and Access: The metamorphosis of cataloguing

RDA in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland – a new standard not only for libraries

Renate Behrens
German National Library
Christian Aliverti
Swiss National Library
Verena Schaffner
The Austrian Library Network and Service Ltd.

Published 2016-05-15


  • Austria; Cataloguing

How to Cite

Behrens, Renate, Christian Aliverti, and Verena Schaffner. 2016. “RDA in Germany, Austria and German-Speaking Switzerland – a New Standard Not Only for Libraries”. JLIS.It 7 (2):253-78. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-11702.


The library community in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland achieved a common goal at the end of 2015. After more than two years of intensive preparation, the international standard RDA was implemented and the practical work has now started. The article describes the project in terms of the political and organizational situation in the three countries, and points out the objectives which have been achieved as well as the work which is still outstanding. An overview is given of the initial efforts to align special materials with RDA in the German-speaking countries, and the tasks associated with the specific requirements arising from the multilingual nature of Switzerland are described. Furthermore, the article reports on the current strategic developments in the international RDA committees like the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) and the European RDA Interest Group (EURIG).


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