RDA Toolkit and MLA Best Practices update

The August 11, 2015 update of the RDA Toolkit included some revisions to MLA’s Best Practices to bring it in line with revisions that were made to the RDA instructions in the April update. Some BPs have been deleted; some BPs have been relocated; some BPs have been renumbered and/or relabeled (see especially the 6.14.2 area); some BPs have been revised. A few additional revisions unrelated to the April update of the RDA instructions were also made to the BPs.

 Highlights of the August 11 update include improved guidance and examples for (Statement of Responsibility—Scope), 2.11 (Copyright Date), and 7.13.3 (Form of Musical Notation). The new guidance at does broaden the scope a bit, and the new guidance at 2.11 restores historic practice for recording the latest phonogram copyright date that can be determined to apply to a resource as a whole.

 Typos and various other errors were corrected both in the BPs themselves (accessible only via the RDA Toolkit) and in the supplements (accessible only via the MLA CMC website). A few new ones were introduced, too, but we’ll get ‘em next time!

 Thanks to everyone who was involved in this significant effort.

RDA and FRBR-LRM news

Gordon Dunsire, chair of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC), gave a presentation at ALA about the new governance structure of RDA. Transition to the new structure will begin this year and end before 2020. See his slides for more information.

The FR conceptual models (FRBR, FRAD, and FRSAD) are being consolidated into a unified model, tentatively called the FRBR-Library Reference Model (FRBR-LRM), which is expected to be ready for worldwide review in early 2016. See the IFLA paper for more information.

Relationship designators in bibliographic records–PCC training manual

The Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Standing Committee on Training (SCT) published a training manual for applying relationship designators in bibliographic records in January 2015. See http://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/sct/documents/rel-desig-guide-bib.pdf.

New relationship designators may be proposed using the PCC relationship designator proposal form. See http://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/scs/RD-Requests.html.

Please use MOUG-L to discuss ideas for new or revised relationship designators, or contact any of the following people:

Kathy Glennan, ALA representative to the Joint Steering Committee

Beth Iseminger, Chair of MLA Cataloging and Metadata Committee

Tracey Snyder, Chair of MLA Content Standards Subcommittee

April 2015 RDA Toolkit update and MLA Best Practices

The April 14, 2015 update of the RDA Toolkit brought revisions to several RDA instructions that affect music cataloging. The revisions resulting from the work of ALA and the JSC Music Working Group are listed below. Stay tuned for possible revisions to MLA’s Best Practices (in the August 2015 Toolkit update) as a result of these changes.

As a result of numbering changes and other structural changes associated with these revisions in RDA, several areas in MLA’s Best Practices will be out of sync with RDA until the August 2015 Toolkit update. These are also listed below.

ALA/32: MLA and OLAC successfully advocated for expanding the scope of the statement of responsibility element in RDA Chapter 2. http://www.rda-jsc.org/docs/6JSC-ALA-32-Sec-final-rev-3.pdf

ALA/36: MLA and OLAC successfully advocated for greater clarity in the instructions for recording duration in RDA Chapter 7. http://www.rda-jsc.org/docs/6JSC-ALA-36-rev-Sec-final-rev.pdf

ALA/29 (on “not identified” elements in distribution and manufacture statements): Changes were made to the core element status of several elements in RDA 2.7-2.10, thus bringing an end to what has become known among practitioners as the “cascading vortex of horror.” http://www.rda-jsc.org/docs/6JSC-ALA-29-rev-Sec-final-rev.pdf

MusicWG/4: Revisions to instructions for creating Access Points for Musical Expressions in 6.28.3. This proposal sought to liberalize and rationalize the creation of access points for expressions. http://www.rda-jsc.org/docs/6JSC-MusicWG-4-rev-Sec-final-rev.pdf

MusicWG/5: Revisions to instructions for recording the information for scores and parts bound together in a single physical unit in RDA and http://www.rda-jsc.org/docs/6JSC-MusicWG-5-rev-2-Sec-final.pdf

MusicWG/6: Revisions and reorganization of 6.14, Preferred Titles for Musical Works. The intent of the proposal was to make the process of determining a preferred title for musical works easier to comprehend. http://www.rda-jsc.org/docs/6JSC-MusicWG-6-rev-Sec-final-rev.pdf

MusicWG/7: Abbreviations for the word “number” in part titles. The proposal codified in RDA the current and historical practice of abbreviating “number” or its equivalent in another language, or adding “number” or its equivalent to an unadorned number. http://www.rda-jsc.org/docs/6JSC-MusicWG-7-rev-Sec-final-rev.pdf

MusicWG/8: Revisions to Conventional Collective Titles in and Glossary definitions for Conventional Collective Titles. The proposal removed the closed lists of terms for conventional collective titles and removed the Glossary definitions for these terms. http://www.rda-jsc.org/docs/6JSC-MusicWG-8-rev-Sec-final-rev-2.pdf

MusicWG/9: Additional terms for Base Material and Applied Material in and The proposal added terms and definitions that would cover more of the physical characteristics of sound recordings. This proposal was folded into BL/16 which also revised these instructions. http://www.rda-jsc.org/docs/6JSC-BL-16-Sec-final.pdf

Numbering/Linking/Captioning Changes Resulting from April Toolkit Update:

  • BP 0.2 should now be BP 0.3. Link is needed in RDA 0.3 to what would be BP 0.3.
  • BP 5.3 should now be BP 0.6.6. The link in the BP instruction text should be to LC-PCC PS 0.6.6.
  • BP should now be BP The caption should change to “Omissions.”
  • BP should now be BP
  • BP should now be BP
  • BP should now be BP The caption should change to “Complete Works for One Broad or Specific Medium.”
  • BP should now be BP The caption should change to “Complete Works of a Single Type of Composition for One Specific Medium or Various Media.”
  • BP should now be BP
  • BP caption should change to “Recording Duration.”
  • BP should now be BP The caption should change to “Duration of Component Parts.”

Deletes Needed Resulting from April Toolkit Update:

  • BP should be ignored, as the corresponding RDA instruction no longer exists.
  • BP should be ignored, as the corresponding RDA instruction no longer exists.
  • BP should be ignored.

BCC Town Hall Agenda 2015

BCC Town Hall Agenda 2015

Friday, February 27, 5:30-6:30pm

BCC News (B.Iseminger) 5:30-5:35

BIBFRAME Update (Szeto) 5:35-5:40

(Task Force Blog: http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/blogpost/1230658/BCC-BIBFRAME-Task-Force-blog)

MARC and Metadata News (Rodriguez) 5:40-5:50

(Metadata for Music Resources site: http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/bcc_meta_resources)

Subject, Genre/Form, and Medium of Performance News (Mullin) 5:50-6

Relationship Designators (Snyder) 6-6:05

RDA Policy Statements (Schmidt) 6:06-6:10

RDA Revisions for 2014 and 2015 (D.Iseminger) 6:10-6:15

RDA Best Practices (Mullin) 6:15-6:20

Q&A 6:20-6:25

Beth Iseminger

BCC Business Meetings Agenda 2015

BCC Business Meetings Agenda 2015 (Google doc)

Beth Iseminger

BCC Business Meetings Supporting Documentation – Beth Iseminger

Subject Access Subcommittee and Genre/Form Task Force–Agenda

The BCC Subject Access Subcommittee and Genre/Form Task Force will hold their joint business meeting in Denver, Friday, February 27, 2015.

Please refer to the agenda (attached).

Please also see the Chair’s ALA liaison report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwVhz6s7I9nOWHJjQV9hRTVxMkk/view?usp=sharing

Casey Mullin

PCC Manual for Relationship Designators

This is an announcement regarding a new PCC training manual for applying relationship designators.  It is available at the following address: http://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/sct/documents/rel-desig-guide-bib.pdf
If a new relationship designator is needed, feel free to bring it up to myself or Tracey Snyder, chair of the BCC Descriptive Cataloging Subcommittee.  New terms may be proposed via this form: http://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/scs/RD-Requests.html   If possible, please let the Descriptive Cataloging Subcommittee chair know about the proposal, so that they can ensure it is delivered to the appropriate PCC group for consideration.

Beth Iseminger