Cost of RDA

Wow, going through my autocat digest this morning I came across a gigantic thread concerning the proposed economic model for the new RDA standard.  I think it’s safe to say that people are not happy with it.  Librarians are demanding a model that makes the proposal freely available and many have said that they don’t see it catching on if its distributed via a subscription service.  

The only counter arguement stated so far over the listserv is that RDA’s potential distributors don’t see the potential in the free models to recoup their development costs.  It’s early and there aren’t any figures out there for either side, but my gut response is with those who say that the free will prove prohibitive to its use, especially since a large portion of the cataloging community out there remains unconvinced of RDA’s value to begin with, and I’m among them.

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