EURIG Launched: National Libraries Sign up to European RDA Interest Group

The European RDA Interest Group (EURIG) was for­mally laun­ched in Copenhagen on 27th September. The EURIG Cooperation Agreement was signed by: Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library; Dr. Elisabeth Niggemann, Director General of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek; Mrs. Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, Director of the Biblioteca Nacional de España and Dr. Gunnar Sahlin, National Librarian of Sweden and Director of the Royal Library.

EURIG exists to pro­mote the com­mon pro­fes­sio­nal inte­rests of all users, and poten­tial users, of RDA: Resource Description and Access, in Europe.

RDA: Resource Description and Access has been deve­l­o­ped to supersede the widely adop­ted Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2). One of the design objec­tives of RDA is to deve­lop a cata­lo­guing code which is com­pa­ti­ble with inter­na­tio­nally esta­blis­hed prin­ci­ples, models, and standards.

EURIG deve­l­o­ped from infor­mal dis­cus­sions bet­ween European natio­nal libra­ries con­cer­ned with the deve­lop­ment, trans­la­tion and imple­men­ta­tion of RDA. Alan Danskin, Chair of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA, commented, “JSC is gra­te­ful for the many thought­ful respon­ses con­tri­bu­ted to the RDA deve­lop­ment pro­ject by libra­ri­ans from across Europe. I am sure EURIG will pro­vide a valu­able col­la­bo­ra­tive space for European libra­ries as they grapple with trans­la­tion and imple­men­ta­tion and engage in RDA’s con­ti­nuing deve­lop­ment. It is also fit­ting that the EURIG Cooperation
agree­ment should be signed in Copenhagen, which hos­ted EURIG’s kick-off mee­ting last year.”

EURIG’s future plans include an inau­gu­ral mem­bers’ mee­ting which will take place in December, to be fol­lo­wed by a tech­ni­cal mee­ting in early 2012.



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