You can also customize is "a little" for no additional charge. For example, we 
chose not to have MARCIVE convert the 250 which is a descriptive field. For the 
record, I'm not too happy with some of their choices for the 336-338 fields, 
but we send so little that isn't RDA converted already that I just accept what 
they send.

Guy Frost
Associate Professor of Library Science
Catalog Librarian
Odum Library/Valdosta State University
Valdosta, Georgia 31698-0150
FDLP 0125

From: Resource Description and Access / Resource Description and Access 
<RDA-L@LISTSERV.LAC-BAC.GC.CA> on behalf of Jenifer K Marquardt <>
Sent: Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:29 PM
Subject: Re: [RDA-L] Cost of Retrospective Conversion for Legacy Data (Was RDA 
Toolkit Price Change)

Some basic conversion is being done by vendors, though, of course, adding 
relationship designators isn't an easily automated process.  Just as an 
example, here is the announcement from our authorities vendor MARCIVE.   I've 
left in the contact and marketing information just in case anyone is 
interested.  Jenifer

MARCIVE RDA Conversion Service Underway
September 9, 2013

Since January 2013, MARCIVE has begun offering standard RDA Conversion (RDACS) 
as a part of both backfile and ongoing authorities processing at no additional 
cost, and a number of libraries have come on board.   These libraries chose to 
have RDACS performed as a part of their authorities projects for different 
reasons. For example, the Univ. of Houston did it as a part of a migration 
project. For more information see the presentation that Richard Guajardo gave 
on this at the ALA Annual Conference at

We’ve performed this processing on a variety of libraries with different 
integrated library systems.

If you are a current customer of our Overnight Authorities Service, you can 
request that we turn on RDACS for free beginning with the next file you send to 
us. Here are the instructions:

    Send an email to and include
    MARCIVE ID code or codes to be updated
    Full name of your library
    Your name and email address
    State “Perform full RDACS processing for OA”
    Provide your library’s organizational code from the MARC Code List for 
    Choose an option for your General Material Designation (GMD):

“Retain GMD in 245 $h”
“Delete GMD from 245.”
“Copy GMD to 500 note.”

Does your system still require the GMD (at least for now)? We can create one 
where lacking for a one-time nominal fee.

Want more information on what is included in RDACS? Start with this brief 
presentation at

Or contact a Marketing Representative at 800-531-7678 with any questions you 
have. We speak RDA!
ALA Midwinter 201

Jenifer K. Marquardt
Asst. Head of Cataloging & Authorities Librarian
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-1641

From: Resource Description and Access / Resource Description and Access 
[RDA-L@LISTSERV.LAC-BAC.GC.CA] on behalf of Julie Moore 
Sent: Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:01 PM
Subject: [RDA-L] Cost of Retrospective Conversion for Legacy Data (Was RDA 
Toolkit Price Change)

James Weinheimer wrote:
But if we are to make all of these relators and relationships useful for the 
public, the simple undeniable fact is: incredible retrospective conversions 
will have to be done and I have never heard of estimates of how much those will 
cost. The RDA subscriptions are peanuts by comparison. Was any of that 
discussed during the decision making for RDA? Maybe it wasn't discussed then, 
but it sure will be in the future! You can only ignore it for so long.

So let's talk about it! I'm curious about this, too! Has this been considered? 
All I have ever heard was that RDA records would work fine with other legacy 
records in our catalogs.

Julie Moore

Julie Renee Moore
Head of Cataloging
California State University, Fresno<>

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