Tentative Timeline for U.S. National Libraries RDA Test
January 25, 2009: The Library of Congress, National Agricultural Library, and National Library of Medicine hosted an invitational meeting during ALA Midwinter Meeting to present initial plans for the RDA testing project and solicit feedback and expressions of interest.
February-March 2009: The US RDA Test Coordinating Committee, co-chaired by Beacher Wiggins, Dianne McCutcheon, and Chris Cole, refines the test methodology and the criteria for selecting test partners.
March 19, 2009: The US National Libraries RDA Test Website is launched. All parties who attended the kickoff meeting at ALA Midwinter Meeting and others who have contacted the Coordinating Committee receive an email announcement that the Website is available and are encouraged to submit applications to participate as test partners.
April 13, 2009: Deadline for individuals and institutions who are interested in participating in the test to send their expressions of interest to Susan Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org using the fill-in PDF form [PDF, 309KB] available on this site.
May 28, 2009: The US RDA Test Coordinating Committee completes the selection of 20 test partners and inform them as well those who could not be selected.
July 12, 2009: The Library of Congress, National Agricultural Library, and National Library of Medicine host an information session during ALA Annual Conference for the twenty selected test partners.
January 15, 2010: The US RDA Test Coordinating Committee sponsors an all-day “Train the Trainer” session for test participants in conjunction with ALA Midwinter Meeting.
June 22, 2010: Public release of RDA Toolkit.
July 1-September 30, 2010: Test partners use this three-month period to become familiar with the content of RDA and with navigating the RDA Toolkit.
October 1-December 31, 2010: Test partners produce records in the test and share them with the US RDA Test Coordinating Committee.
January 1-March 31, 2011: The US RDA Test Coordinating Committee analyzes the results of the test and prepares its report to the management of the three national libraries.
The report will be shared with the US library community.