ALA Midwinter 2017 reports

Reports from ALA Midwinter 2017 by MLA-CMC liaisons to ALA are available. Enjoy!

Mary Huismann, Chair of Content Standards Subcommittee:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxo4Xt0aRdn8T0RaS1lXbWplb0E/view?usp=sharing

Casey Mullin, Chair of Vocabularies Subcommittee: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5MJM6hP4HZFRVNTbV9HUGVocUE/view?usp=sharing

Jim Soe Nyun, Chair of Encoding Standards Subcommittee: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxViFaIR72G1YWV1MWtsSHBia0U/view?usp=sharing

ALA Annual 2016 reports

Reports from ALA Annual 2016 by MLA-CMC liaisons to ALA are available. Enjoy!

Mary Huismann, Chair of Content Standards Subcommittee:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2BZSYJQUuHfdmx4bS1vXzhnVlk/view?usp=sharing

Casey Mullin, Chair of Vocabularies Subcommittee: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5MJM6hP4HZFVXM2RXJOSkVNV3c/view?usp=sharing

Jim Soe Nyun, Chair of Encoding Standards Subcommittee: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7wsl3doYbMKQlotUkZXS0l4Qms/view?usp=sharing

CMC call for new members 2017

The MLA Cataloging and Metadata Committee invites all interested persons to apply to be part of the subcommittees of the Cataloging and Metadata Committee. There are open positions on all subcommittees: Content Standards, Encoding Standards, and Vocabularies.

If you are interested in being a part of CMC, please send a brief application addressed to the CMC chair or any of the current subcommittee chairs. Applications must be in writing and should state: 1) your specific interest with regards to the subcommittee(s) to which you would like to apply; 2) your cataloging/metadata background; and 3) your abilities to meet CMC service expectations. Applications must be received via email or posted to the bulletin board at the MLA conference by end of day on the Friday of MLA. (Email is preferable, and early submission is very helpful.) Contact information is available on the CMC website.

CMC Chair: Tracey Snyder
Content Standards Subcommittee: Mary Huismann
Encoding Standards Subcommittee: James Soe Nyun
Vocabularies Subcommittee: Casey Mullin

Requirements for CMC subcommittee membership include the following. Requirements are also listed in the CMC handbook, available on the Groups page of the CMC website.

– Member-in-good-standing of MLA national
– Attendance at MLA Annual Meeting to the best of one’s ability
– Active participation throughout the year in subcommittee work via email and other web-based tools
– Specific professional interest in subcommittee business and a particular skill, area of expertise, or perspective to contribute to subcommittee deliberations

Subcommittee members are encouraged to do the following subcommittee work:

– Participate in group discussions, both in person and in electronic forums, drawing on personal experience, skills, and knowledge
– Take assignments seriously and complete them in a timely fashion
– Provide feedback on documentation and proposals and respond to requests for comments

You may find out more about the subcommittees’ work by attending subcommittee business meetings at the MLA conference or speaking to the chairs in person. Committee and subcommittee business meetings are open to all. Descriptions of the subcommittees are available on the CMC website.

Read about us in the Music Library Association Newsletter:
http://newsletter.musiclibraryassoc.org/index.php/newsletter/article/view/273/291

Watch our screencasts on YouTube to learn more about our work:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV8ITFGfNCOKZFjyBQqK5jQ

If you are a member of MLA (or are thinking about it) and have an interest in the work of our groups, please consider applying!

MLA 2017 Cataloging and Metadata meetings and relevant sessions

I have compiled a list of MLA 2017 meetings and sessions that may be of interest to those who work in cataloging and/or metadata. I included all CMC business meetings and all sessions sponsored or co-sponsored by CMC, as well as a few other relevant meetings and sessions. Please see the MLA 2017 schedule online for full listings, locations, etc.

http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/mpage/mla_2017_sched

 

WEDNESDAY

MLA pre-conference workshop

The Beat Goes On-athon: Creating Linked Data for Music with RIMMF (co-sponsored by CMC)

 

THURSDAY

9 AM-10:25 AM    Cataloging and Promoting Music Special Collections in Latin America

11 AM-12:25 PM    Cataloging and Metadata Committee #1

1:30 PM-2:55 PM    RDA Steering Committee Music Working Group

2:30 PM-4 PM        Get Involved in MLA!   

3:30 PM-4:55 PM    Encoding Standards Subcommittee

6 PM-            [system-specific interest groups]

 

FRIDAY

9 AM-10:25 AM    Ontologies, BIBFRAME, and Linked Data for Performed Music: MLA’s Role in It All (sponsored by CMC)

11 AM-12:25 PM    A Bird in the Hand Is Worth Two in the Bush: the Challenges of Providing Access To Diverse Latin American Collections (co-sponsored by CMC)

11 AM-12:25 PM    NACO/SACO/BIBCO

1:30 PM-2:55 PM    Vocabularies Subcommittee

3:30 PM-4:25 PM    It’s Happening Now: Two Developments Using Music Ontologies (sponsored by CMC)

3:30 PM-4:25 PM    The Future Is Now! Preparing for and Learning from Large-Media Preservation

3:30 PM-4:25 PM    Technical Services Interest Group

4:30 PM-6 PM        Cataloging and Metadata Town Hall (sponsored by CMC)

 

SATURDAY

11 AM-12:25 PM    Content Standards Subcommittee

1:30 PM-3:25 PM    Cataloging and Metadata Committee #2

RDA Toolkit Update

The October RDA Toolkit update was published on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. This update consisted largely of corrections, revised examples, and Fast Track changes from the RSC as outlined in document RSC/Sec/5 available at the RSC website. The synchronization work that began in August continues now with the harmonization of glossary terms, relationship designators and their definitions in RDA instructions and appendices.

The RDA Toolkit is in the initial stages of the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project. As part of this project, RDA Toolkit user stories are being collected. Please consider contributing your stories here.

Just a reminder, too, that the link to the Best Practices Supplements that are accessible via the MLA CMC website has been changed. The new link text ishttp://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/resource/resmgr/BCC_RDA/Supp_RDA_Best_Practices.pdf.

While none of the changes in this update are specific to music, there are a few changes worth noting. RDA instruction 2.13.1.3 (Recording Mode of Issuance) now points to a list of terms rather than a table of terms and definitions. RDA 7.15.1.1, 2nd paragraph (Illustrative Content: Scope) makes changes regarding illustrative material: excluding “tables containing only words and/or numerical data,” and removing the instruction to “disregard illustrated title pages, etc. and minor illustrations.” There are several changes to chapter 17 (General Guidelines for Recording Primary Relationships). Finally, clarification regarding surnames of Dutch origin has been added to Appendix F.11.3 (Recording Surnames that Include an Article or a Preposition).

The update also included changes to several LC-PCC Policy Statements, summarized in this document available at the LC website.

RDA Toolkit and MLA Best Practices Update

The August 9, 2016 release of the RDA Toolkit contains content updates, corrections, revised examples and other Fast Track changes from the RSC. These changes are described in detail in two RSC documents available at the RSC site: RSC/Sec/3, which describes Fast Track and other changes, and RSC/Sec/4, which outlines revisions made to support the development of RDA Reference and the RDA Toolkit Glossary. Background information on these latter changes can be found in the document RSC/Chair/17, also available at the RSC site. The list of changes to LC-PCC Policy Statements can be found at the Library of Congress website.

The link to the Best Practices Supplements that are accessible via the MLA CMC website has been changed. The new link text is http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/resource/resmgr/BCC_RDA/Supp_RDA_Best_Practices.pdf.

Music-related Changes in the August Toolkit Release

Designation of edition (2.5.2.1, 3rd paragraph, line b): In the scope, the former text “a particular voice range or format of notated music” has been split into separate list items.

Identifiers (2.15.1.1, 2nd paragraph): The last category of identifiers has been revised to refer only to notated music. Issue numbers for audio recordings are covered under the second category (“other identifiers assigned by publishers”).

Publisher’s Number for Notated Music (2.15.2) and Plate Number for Notated Music (2.15.3): The revised element names clarify that these elements refer only to notated music. Instructions and glossary entries have also been updated.

Recording Medium of Performance (6.15.1.1): The scope contains a new second paragraph that refers to 7.21 for guidelines on recording the medium of performance of musical content. The related last paragraph of 6.15.1.3 has been deleted.

Indeterminate Medium of Performance (6.15.1.11.3): The instruction for “Some Instruments, etc. Unspecified” has been revised to specify use of “unspecified,” dropping “or a similar term” from the instruction.

Appendix I: Terms added or revised include remix artist, casting director, audio producer, audio engineer, mixing engineer, recording engineer, DJ, dubbing director.

Other Revisions of Interest from the RDA Reference/Toolkit Glossary Development

Encoding format (3.19.3.3): The vocabulary lists for encoding formats have been removed from the instruction.

Generation (3.10.1.3): Vocabulary from separate element sub-types (including audio recordings, digital resources, microforms, motion picture films, videotapes) have been merged into a single vocabulary list. Instructions pertaining to all of the element sub-types have been deleted.

Illustrative Content (7.15.1.3): The list of terms no longer includes the term “music.”

Layout (3.11.1.3): The vocabulary for tactile music notation has been subsumed into a single list of terms for layout.

Material (3.6.1.3): The term “magnetic particles” has been added to the list of base materials.

Production Method (3.9.1.3., Exception): An exception has been added for instructions on using the terms “holograph,” “manuscript,” and “typescript.” Production Method for Manuscript (3.9.2) has been deleted.

Aspect Ratio (7.19): The previous instructions for Aspect Ratio referred to both numerical and textual values. Aspect Ratio (7.19) is now used only for the numerical ratio. A new element, Aspect Ratio Designation (7.19.1.4), records a general term indicating a range of ratios (e.g., “wide screen,” a term covering ratios of 1.5:1 or greater).

Sound Content (7.18): The scope of Sound Content has been revised to note the absence of sound and is no longer tied to a resource “other than one that consists primarily of recorded sound.”

Changes to LC-PCC Policy Statements

LC-PCC PS 6.16.1.3.1: provides guidance on recording serial numbers for musical works.

LC-PCC PS 6.16.1.3.3: Updates the link to Thematic Indexes Used in Library of Congress NACO Authority Files

LC-PCC PS 6.28.1.10.1: This policy statement was deleted because the instruction was removed from RDA.

OCLC Search & Discovery Task Force Report available

[This message is being cross-posted widely. Please excuse duplication]

Colleagues,

Shortly after the 2015 annual meetings of the Music Library Association and the Music OCLC Users Group in Denver, MLA President Michael Rogan and (then) MOUG Chair Bruce Evans empaneled a joint task force with the following charge:

“Investigate OCLC’s WorldCat Discovery Services to determine if it will be sufficient to meet the needs of music users. If the Task Force determines that WorldCat Discovery Services is not sufficient, it will recommend a course of action to petition OCLC to continue to provide the FirstSearch interface for WorldCat after December 31, 2015. It will also recommend a course of action to petition OCLC for specific improvements to WorldCat Discovery Services to meet the needs of music users.”

The Joint MLA/MOUG OCLC Search and Discovery Task Force submitted its report to both Boards in May 2016. With only very minor revisions, it was ratified by both Boards. We owe the Task Force our immense gratitude for successfully fulfilling their charge and producing such an excellent and thorough report, which will provide a framework for seeking these improvements for years to come.

Last week, the report (available here) along with a cover letter (available here) was sent to select OCLC management staff, including CEO Skip Prichard. As of this writing, we have already received a response from Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Global Product Management, who states the following:

“The OCLC Search and Discovery Task Force Report is particularly timely, given the recent announcement that we will build a new version of FirstSearch. That new version will deliver the full-featured WorldCat searching valued by many FirstSearch users, including expert searchers in the music library community. Your recommendations will be helpful as we move forward with that product, as well as enhancements to search features in WorldCat Discovery. Several of your recommendations have also been requested by other community members and are already under consideration and prioritization by our WorldCat Discovery team.”

The full announcement from OCLC regarding the new version of FirstSearch is available here.

The MOUG Board plans to meet with select OCLC staff during its Board meeting in Columbus, Ohio early next month, with the objective of following up on this response in more detail. We are encouraged by this immediate response from OCLC and hope that it, like the decision regarding a renewed life for FirstSearch, reflects a growing awareness of all users’ needs. MLA and MOUG will continue both to advocate strenuously for these improvements and to work in cooperation with OCLC toward solutions that work for the music community.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Michael or myself with any questions or comments.

Yours,

Casey A. Mullin
MOUG Chair

Michael J. Rogan
MLA President