Training with Technology: How Information Technology Enhanced the RDA Training Experience at the University of Pittsburgh

Brenda Salem, Carlos Peña


To prepare for the nationwide adoption of RDA cataloging rules, the task was taken at the University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh to provide RDA training to librarians and staff with cataloging duties. This article discusses the trainers’ experience, particularly in regards to the role information technology played in the training. It also recounts the experience of teaching a library school RDA class that included both in-person and online participants. Throughout these training and teaching opportunities, facilitating online participation and creating a web site for training documentation put into focus the importance of technical support and ensuring long-term access to online materials. While using information technology to teach and train has become commonplace to the point of necessity, it is important to not lose sight of the objectives of education that precede the latest technological innovations.

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