Forming Names According to RDA: Part 2

Certificate Eligibility: 
90 minutes
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Building on the introduction provided in the webcast Forming Names According to RDA: Part 1, which focused on the benefits of authority structures and the basic rules for personal names and corporate bodies, this webcast explores more complex names designations we encounter for persons and corporate bodies.


The 2nd edition of DACS indicates the use of companion standards such as RDA for the formation of appropriate name headings. Challenges from chapter 9 include situations for personal names such as changes of names, religious titles and titles of nobility, various surnames, personal names guidelines for various countries. Challenges from chapter 11 include complex hierarchies and name changes for corporate bodies.


Special attention will be paid to the different treatments of jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional corporate bodies. Discussion will also include designations associated with corporate bodies of various types. The specific cases outlined will conclude with a conversation about patterns that can provide strategies for handling complex cases encountered through arrangement and description practices. A Q&A to address areas of uncertainty will conclude the presentation.

Learning Outcomes: 
Recognize complex name formation problems
Increase capacity with the decoding of RDA rules
Relate to name conventions from other languages
Identify patterns established by the rules that can be used as a strategy for name formations going forward
Who Should Attend: 

Archivist practitioners, librarians, and 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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