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CMC Business Meeting Agenda

Posted By Beth Iseminger, Friday, February 26, 2016
Updated: Friday, February 26, 2016

The agenda for the two Cataloging and Metadata Committee business meetings is available at the following link:

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Please join us!


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CMC Town Hall Agenda 2016

Posted By Beth Iseminger, Thursday, February 25, 2016

CMC Town Hall Agenda 2016


Introduction (Beth Iseminger)

LC Demographic Group Terms (Casey Mullin)

FRBR-LRM, RDA Subject Chapters, Governance Changes, and Internationalization (Kathy Glennan)

Popular Music and RDA (Tracey Snyder, Kevin Kishimoto)

Music for Metadata Resources Demonstration (James Soe Nyun)

BIBCO Music Funnel Introduction (Linda Blair)

Discussion and Q&A

Tags:  BIBCO Funnel  Cincinnati  FRBR-LRM  LCDGT  MMR  Music for Metadata Resources  programs  RDA  Town Hall 

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Genre/Form Task Force Final Report

Posted By Beth Iseminger, Thursday, February 25, 2016

The final report of the Genre/Form Task Force is available. Thank you to this long-enduring group for their work to develop the music portion of the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms!

 Attached Files:

Tags:  Genre  reports  Subject Access  Vocabularies Subcommittee 

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Best Practices for Using LCMPT (newly revised and expanded!!)

Posted By Casey A. Mullin, Tuesday, February 23, 2016


I'm pleased to announce the release of the expanded, revised 2016 edition of the document Best Practices for Using LCMPT. Based on feedback from the community and over a year of collective experience applying LCMPT terms in cataloging since the release of the vocabulary, this revision is considerably more robust than the original "provisional" version of the document.

Detailed guidance is now present for the following areas:

  • 382 subfields e and v
  • Continuo
  • Electronics
  • Operas and other dramatic works
  • Percussion
  • Separately-manifested parts
  • The terms "singer" and "voice"
  • The terms "string orchestra" and "bowed string ensemble"

There are also significantly more examples in this revised version. And content has been harmonized with the parallel document Best Practices for Using LCGFT for Music Resources.

I would like to heartily thank the working group within the Vocabularies Subcommittee who painstakingly prepared this revision, as well as numerous other CMC members who offered feedback during the drafting process. Feedback is welcome, and will be taken under advisement for future revisions of the document; please send all comments and questions to

Looking forward to seeing many of you next week!



Chair, MLA Vocabularies Subcommittee

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BIBFRAME Task Force Final Report

Posted By Beth Iseminger, Monday, February 22, 2016

Please read the final report of the BIBFRAME Task Force.  This report provides a thorough and timely overview of the state of music-related BIBFRAME work to date.

Download File (PDF)

Tags:  BIBFRAME  BIBFRAME Task Force  encoding standards  linked data  reports 

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RDA Toolkit and MLA Best Practices update

Posted By Tracey L. Snyder, Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The February 9, 2016 release of the RDA Toolkit included a variety of revisions to MLA's Best Practices and the supplements.


BP 1.7.5 now includes recommendations related to typographical devices used as separators (as in Colchester · Essex · England) and symbols that cannot be reproduced (such as the four symbols that form the title of Led Zeppelin's otherwise untitled fourth album).


BP now includes guidance applicable to scores bearing a stated voice range.


BP now includes guidance for how to treat a phrase that introduces a medium of performance (as in "with an accompaniment for a violin").


BP now includes an example of an audio recording bearing a statement of responsibility for the performer and a separate statement of responsibility for the composers.


BP 2.8.4 now includes guidance on when to treat a trade name as a series title instead of a label name.


BP 2.15 now includes an example of a two-disc audio recording with consecutive numbers encoded in two separate 028 fields and an example of a two-disc audio recording that also has a truncated set number encoded in its own 028 field. AACR2 practitioners will recall that previous practice was to ignore a truncated set number (such as NI 5885/6) and only record the individual numbers (NI 5885 and NI 5886). Now all three numbers should be recorded in separate 028 fields utilizing $q.


BP 3.16.4 and BP 3.19.3 and the supplements now clarify through examples that $2 rda should only be used in 3XX fields whose terms conform to vocabularies within RDA.


In other chapter 3 news, the supplements now consistently show that the playing speed of a Blu-ray audio disc should be coded as "z" in 007/03. In the table of values and encodings for audio carriers, brackets have been removed for all terms. Most are now found in RDA, and the two that are not found in RDA ("Blu-ray audio" and "PVC") are supplied without brackets and without $2 rda. Values and encodings have been added for streaming audio.


BP 7.20 now contains guidance on encoding format of music (in 008/20 and 006/03) and music parts (in 008/21 and 006/04) as well as guidance applicable to a composer's sketches. This BP now recommends utilizing the relatively new MARC field 348 to encode format of notated music once it has been approved for use in OCLC. Score catalogers should incorporate this into their workflow, taking advantage of constant data records and macros. While this will necessitate added effort on the part of score catalogers, implementation of the 348 field will make format of notated music immediately machine-actionable. This is a separate data element from the solely human-readable text strings recorded to satisfy the extent of notated music element in RDA 3.4.3, which itself is expected to be overhauled in the coming years. Stay tuned.


BP now includes examples of different qualifiers used in the authorized access points for musical groups with the same name.


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


Thanks to all who were involved in this effort.

Tags:  Best Practices  RDA  Toolkit update 

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ALA Midwinter 2016 PCC and CAPC Meeting Notes

Posted By Beth Iseminger, Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Notes from PCC meetings at ALA Midwinter 2016 are available at:

Notes from the OLAC-CAPC meeting at ALA Midwinter 2016 are available at:

Tags:  ALA Midwinter 2016  OLAC-CAPC  PCC 

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Vocabularies Subcommittee 2016 business meeting agenda

Posted By Casey A. Mullin, Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The agenda for the Vocabularies Subcommittee meeting at MLA's 2016 Cincinnati annual meeting is available at:

All are welcome to attend the meeting. Please join us!


Casey Mullin

Chair, Vocabularies Subcommittee

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ALA Midwinter 2016 SAC Notes

Posted By Casey A. Mullin, Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Notes from the meetings of the Subject Analysis Committee and its Subcommittee on Genre/Form Implementation are available at:


Casey Mullin

Chair, Vocabularies Subcommittee

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Encoding Standards Subcommittee Agenda 2016

Posted By James L. Soe Nyun, Saturday, February 6, 2016
Updated: Saturday, February 6, 2016

The working agenda for the Encoding Standards Subcommittee meeting at MLA's 2016 Cincinnatti meeting is up:

This is a working agenda and may change slightly before the meeting. If you'd like to see something discussed please leave a comment or contact me.

We'll be meeting on Friday March 4 in Salon H/I. Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there!

Tags:  agendas  business meetings  encoding standards  MLA 2016 

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