In September 2012, Sweden’s National Librarian Gunilla Herdenborg made a decision on the Swedish transition to RDA. Since April 1, 2014, a project has been in progress at the National Library, with the task of preparing for the transition.
KRS, the Swedish cataloguing rules, are a translation and adaptation of AACR2 (the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed). AACR2 has circulated widely around the world, and linking our rules to them has facilitated international collaboration and postal exchange. Now that AACR2 has been replaced by RDS and is no longer being updated, a transition to RDA is necessary.
The project, which was started at the National Library, will be in progress through December 2014. A project group with representatives from several cataloguing units at the National Library has been established, and will set to work after the summer. The transition to RDA will take place gradually. The project will focus primarily on having new cataloguing in Sweden’s national library catalogue, Libris, done according to RDA. This means that Sweden is abandoning KRS.
One task for the project will be to establish Sweden’s national practice. Even if KRS is built on AACR2, Sweden has its ownadaptations – and there are several national practices, not just one. For example, Swedish research library practice differs from public library practice.
In those cases where national practice differs from RDA, we need to take a position on what we can and cannot keep. Here, we also need to look at what choices for practice the countries that have already implemented RDA have made. The goal is to create a common Swedish practice as much as possible, and that it diverges as little as possible from international practice.
Currently, the National Library has no financing for a complete translation of RDA. The project will therefore investigate various scenarios for translation, for example which parts it will be necessary to translate.
At the same time as the RDA project is in progress, the National Library will begin work on a new platform of practices that will replace the collections of practices that exist today. Studying how the platform of practices is to be linked to the RDA Toolkit will be a joint task for these two projects.