2nd Edition

Maxwell's Handbook for RDA Explaining and illustrating RDA: Resource Description and Access using MARC21

By Robert L. Maxwell Copyright 2021
    994 Pages
    by Facet Publishing

    Designed to interpret and explain RDA: Resource Description and Access, this handbook illustrates and applies the new cataloguing rules in the MARC21 environment for every type of information format.

    In this newly updated 2nd edition, cataloguing expert Robert Maxwell brings his trademark practical commentary to bear on the new, unified cataloguing standard. From books to electronic materials to music and beyond, Maxwell:

    • Explains the conceptual grounding of RDA, including FRBR and FRAD
    • Addresses the nuances of how cataloguing will, and won’t, change in the MARC21 environment
    • Shows cataloguers how to create and work with authority records of persons, families, corporate bodies, geographic entities, works, and expressions
    • Explores recording relationships, working with records of manifestations and items, and more
    • Provides numerous sample records to illustrate RDA principles.

    Comprehensive in its coverage, the book will aid readers in understanding and becoming comfortable with the potentially forbidding new structure of RDA and contains appendices that discuss the treatment of specialised materials.

    Maxwell's Handbook for RDA


    Robert L. Maxwell is senior librarian and chair of the Special Collections and Formats Catalog Department at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. His most recent book, FRBR: A Guide for the Perplexed, was published in 2008. He has chaired the RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee of ACRL and has served on the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) of ALCTS. He is the author of the Highsmith Award-winning Maxwell's Guide to Authority Work as well as Maxwell's Guide to AACR2.