Over the next two years, we'll be looking at learning and implementing the content standard, RDA (Resource Description and Access). MARC21 is the current standard that describes the storage and display of data. RDA is the standard for the content. It's based on the model of FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records), FRAD (Functional Requirements for Authority Data) and the upcoming FRSAR (Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data).
Basically the switch to RDA (Resource Description and Access)pulls the rules and standards that we have been depending on out from under the cataloging department. We will try to keep everything standing while we do it but we may drop a few glasses while we are transitioning. The trickiest part of all will be putting the new tablecloth back underneath all the stuff on the table without moving any of it.