First leaked on Twitter, Today's announcement marks a watershed moment for catalogers. The long-awaited decision finally came down as to whether or not the Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, and National Agricultural Library would choose to implement the new cataloging code, RDA: Resource Description and Access.
It seems they do intent to implement RDA in 2013 with changes. Significant changes. The statement referenced the Report and Recommendations of the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee, a report which does not hold back on criticism of RDA and the RDA Toolkit and is spot-on in targeting where RDA does not lived up to its own stated goals.
For those of us who watched and participated in the development of RDA there's a certain feeling of vindication. Some of these issues were brought up during the development of the code. It's nice to see them backed up by evidence-based testing.
The report suggests (requires?) that a lot of work needs to be done to bring RDA up to snuff prior to implementation. It provides ambitious timelines for rewriting, reworking, etc.