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Forming Names According to RDA: Part 2 | A&D: Tools & Services | December 10, 2015

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The 2nd edition of DACS indicates the use of companion standards such as RDA for the formation of appropriate name headings. Building on the introduction provided in the webcast ""Forming names according to RDA,"" which discussed the benefits of authority structures and the basic rules for personal names and corporate bodies. It explores many of the more complex names designations we encounter for persons and corporate bodies. Challenges from chapter 9 include situations for personal names, such as changes of names, religious titles, titles of nobility, various surnames, personal names guidelines for various countries. Chapter 11 discusses challenges that include complex hierarchies and name changes for corporate bodies. Special attention is paid to the different treatments of jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional corporate bodies, and it discusses designations associated with corporate bodies of various types. The specific cases outlined will conclude with a discussion about patterns that can provide strategies for handling complex cases encountered through arrangement and description practices.

Upon completion of this course, you will:
  • Recognize complex name formation problems.
  • Increase capacity with the decoding of RDA rules.
  • Exposure to name conventions from other languages.
  • Recognize patterns established by the rules that can be used as a strategy for name formations going forward.

Who Should Attend:
archivist practitioners, librarians, archivists faced with complex name formation challenges

What You Should Already Know:
You should be versed in DACS and the basics of personal and corporate body name formation according to RDA or its predecessor, AACR2.

A&D Core Competency:
2. Description: Analyze and describe details about the attributes of a record or collection of records to facilitate identification, management, and understanding of the work.
3. Descriptive Standards: Apply rules and practices that codify the content of information used to represent archival materials in discovery tools according to published structural guidelines.
5. Discovery: Create tools to facilitate access and disseminate descriptive records of archival materials.


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