Purpose: The primary goal of each librarian and cataloger is to organize library services to satisfy the users' information-seeking needs, such as searching, locating, selecting, and obtaining the necessary information resources from the users within a limited period of time. With the implementation of the Resource Description and Access (RDA) on 4 April, 2013 in the United States and other nations, catalogers and qualified librarians face difficulties in gaining access to the training and preparation needed. Against this context, the study examined an overview of the implementation of RDA in cataloging and classification in the 21st century: concerns and prospects.
Design/Methodology/Approach: Contextual research that included a study of materials from
journals, texts, and the Internet was the approach adopted.
Implication: The ability of libraries to completely fulfill their primary function of meeting the library and information needs of the community they serve will be diminished by any restriction of access, whether intentional or unintended. They need to be equipped with the requisite technical equipment, expertise, and skills to meet this demand to strengthen their ability
to create quality cataloging records for their library resources for easy scanning and retrieval by their library users of library resources.
Originality/value: In summary, sufficient funding, staff training, infrastructure provision and maintenance, corruption eradication, and management support have been recommended as
a way forward to tackle the problems facing cataloguers in implementing RDA in their university libraries' cataloging and classification practices.