Cataloging Manuscripts & Archival Collections Using RDA

This workshop is intended for librarians and library staff responsible for cataloging

This workshop will cover highlights of RDA instructions related to cataloging manuscripts and archival materials including government documents. In addition, the Dominican Institute (Ideo) experience towards cataloging Arabic-Islamic heritage.

Also, Introducing the role of the Dominican Institute (Ideo) Library, towards the research community.

Their journey towards being a map for the Arabic-Islamic heritage through their Integrated Library System, where they apply the international standards for cataloging and indexing. They determine the historical context of the work and examine the relationships between the authors and explore their thoughts and gradually integrate the heritage information, which accommodates the needs of the researchers.

The afternoon session will introduce the new updates in the RDA Toolkit in line with the new release of the NEW Toolkit in September 2022; introducing the new features included.

Who Should Attend?

This Workshop is intended for catalogers and archivists who have are working at the heritage and archive institutions and have little or no experience with rare and archival materials but who nonetheless find themselves faced with a rare or unique collection.

Attendees should already be familiar with the basic concepts and application of RDA.

Learning Outcomes

The attendees of this workshop will be able to use the RDA standard and MARC format specific to manuscript and archival collections and create a MARC record from a finding aid.


Tiffany Garrett

Rania Osman,
Head of Information Institutions and Professional Skills Department, Bibliotheca Alexandrina,
Egypt Chair of the RDA Arabic Translation Team

Tiffany Garrett

Tharwat Al-Olaimi,
Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at University of Sharjah, UAE,
He has experience over 17 years in cataloging and archiving. He is a member of IFLA-BCM review group.

Tiffany Garrett

Engy Elgammal,
Cataloging Director of the Library of the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies, Cairo, Egypt