Since "habilitation" is not an Anglo-American institution, I would be surprised indeed if RDA discusses it. (Just to confirm--searching the Toolkit for "habilitation" or any of its variants returns no hits.) So I think this is an area where the (Continental) European cataloging community will have to figure out what it wants to do and make a proposal to the JSC (if it is necessary).
It looks like typically it's just recorded in a 500 note that is formatted somewhat similar to your standard 502... zB: #778631115 Ethnizität, Islam, Reformasi : die Evolution der Konfliktlinien im Parteiensystem Malaysias / Andreas Ufen. 500 $a The author's Habilitationsschrift--Universität Hamburg, 2010. Benjamin Abrahamse Cataloging Coordinator Acquisitions and Discovery Enhancement MIT Libraries 617-253-7137 -----Original Message----- From: Resource Description and Access / Resource Description and Access [mailto:RDA-L@listserv.lac-bac.gc.ca] On Behalf Of Heidrun Wiesenmüller Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:15 PM To: RDA-L@listserv.lac-bac.gc.ca Subject: [RDA-L] Habilitation theses On a related note: The other day, we were wondering how habilitation theses should be treated under RDA. These are quite common in Germany. In case you're not familiar with this European concept: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habilitation Some universities grant the academic degree of "Dr. habil." to somebody who has successfully completed his or her habilitation. But in many cases, there is no special academic degree connected with the habilitation. From then on, the successful candidate can call him- or herself a "Privatdozent" (private lecturer, PD), while they are waiting for a professorship, but this is no academic degree. According to the German cataloging rules, we only record "Habilitationsschrift" (habilitation thesis), but no specific degree - just as for doctoral theses, we only record "Dissertation" (without distinguishing between e.g. "Dr. phil." and "Dr. med."). Under RDA, do we now need to find out whether it's a case of "Dr. habil." or not? And what about the cases where no special academic degree is granted? Heidrun -- --------------------- Prof. Heidrun Wiesenmueller M.A. Stuttgart Media University Wolframstr. 32, 70191 Stuttgart, Germany www.hdm-stuttgart.de/bi