ALA Midwinter 2016 CC:DA Meeting Notes

Notes from the ALA Midwinter 2016 meetings of CC:DA are available at:

For more detailed descriptions of some of the work referenced in the Midwinter notes, see notes from ALA Annual 2015:

Content Standards Subcommittee 2016 business meeting agenda

The agenda for the 2016 business meeting of the Content Standards Subcommittee is available here:

The business meeting is open to all. See you there!


Tracey Snyder

Chair, Content Standards Subcommittee

Encoding Standards, Linked Data, BIBFRAME at Midwinter

Interested in linked data, BIBFRAME or MARC news from the recent ALA Midwinter 2016 in Boston? I’ve written up minutes to several of the meetings I was able to attend during the conference, and these should be of particular interest to folks with an interest in encoding standards.

Some trends:

  • Full BIBFRAME implementation remains on the horizon, though closer than before.
  • MARC is definitely not dead, though it definitely is eyeing a linked data future.
  • Small linked data projects abound, and they seem closer to knitting together to form useful interfaces and tools.
  • Some linked data practitioners are getting more interested in the social space around their work, and are looking closer at issues of diversity, inclusiveness and privacy.

See the minutes at:

Please post your thoughts in the comments!

RDA Toolkit and MLA Best Practices update

The October 13, 2015 release of the RDA Toolkit included minimal revisions to MLA’s Best Practices.

One revision affects 2.15.3 (Plate Number for Music). When a plate number on a score has an additional number (often after a dash) corresponding to the number of pages or plates, it is to be recorded as part of the plate number instead of ignored. The plate number may optionally also be recorded without this additional number. For example:

028 22 23009-11 $b Carl Fischer

028 20 23009 $b Carl Fischer

Further revision was done to 7.13.3 (Form of Musical Notation). The August release included new guidance about MARC encoding for multiple designations of form of musical notation as well as new examples. The October release adds new guidance covering details of form of musical notation as well as new examples. There is now sufficient guidance for cases such as chord symbols, chord diagrams, verbal instructions, etc.

Typos and various other errors were corrected both in the BPs themselves (accessible only via the RDA Toolkit) and in the supplements (accessible via the MLA CMC website).

Thanks to everyone who was involved in this effort.


The August release included new guidance for 3.16.3 (Recording Medium) that was not publicized. Recording medium (“optical,” “magnetic,” etc.) should now be recorded as applicable, in MARC 344 $b. As an example, the full array of 34X values for a typical CD with stereo playback is as follows:

344      digital $b optical $g stereo $2 rda

347      audio file $b CD audio $2 rda

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.

Two new MLA LCGFT resources available

The MLA Cataloging and Metadata Committee is pleased to announce the availability of two new resources for users of the new terms for music resources in the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT):

1) MLA Best Practices for Using LCGFT for Music Resources (version 1.0).

This resource is intended to help catalogers apply LCGFT music terms in the interim period between the release of the terms and the publication of best practices for LCGFT in the forthcoming Library of Congress genre/form terms manual. It will be updated on an ongoing basis until the aforementioned manual is available. Suggested additions or questions may be directed to the Chair of the MLA-CMC, Vocabularies Subcommittee (Casey Mullin, or the Chair of MLA-CMC (Beth Iseminger,

2) A hierarchical view of music terms in LCGFT.

By popular request, this document shows all of the currently-available LCGFT music terms in one linear hierarchical listing. Terms that overlap into other sections within LCGFT (e.g., general terms, literature terms) are also shown in those contexts. This resource is intended to complement the interactive environments–Classification Web, LC Authorities, LC Linked Data Service, OCLC Connexion–where LCGFT terms are already available.

As the music vocabulary within LCGFT grows and develops, this document will be updated as appropriate.

Both documents are available from this webpage:


Casey Mullin

Chair, MLA-CMC Vocabularies Subcommittee

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

New relationship designators may be proposed using the PCC relationship designator proposal form. See

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.

ALA/36: MLA and OLAC successfully advocated for greater clarity in the instructions for recording duration in RDA Chapter 7.

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.”

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.

MusicWG/5: Revisions to instructions for recording the information for scores and parts bound together in a single physical unit in RDA and

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.