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Forming Names According to RDA II

December 10, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST

Building on the introduction provided in the webinar “Forming names according to RDA:  Part 1” that focused on  the benefits of authority structures and the basic rules for personal names and corporate bodies, this webinar 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 question and answer period to address areas of uncertainty will conclude the presentation.

Upon completion of this class you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize complex name  formation problems;
  • Increase capacity with  the decoding of RDA rules;
  • Relate to name  conventions from other languages; and,
  • 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 should you know? You should be versed in DACS and the basics of personal and corporate body name formation according to RDA or its predecessor, AACR2.

Ask your colleagues, students, or staff to join you in learning together over lunch or breakfast – in the convenience of your conference room, office, or classroom. Gather around a PC and a speaker phone and get information and tools that will help you adapt your skills to records management.

Registration Fee (Early-Bird / Regular)
SAA Member: $145 / $175
Nonmember: $175 / $195

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: November 25, 2015

Fill out the registration form and return to the SAA office for processing.


December 10, 2015
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Society of American Archivists (SAA)