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Authorities Subcommittee and Descriptive Cataloging Subcommittee 2015

Posted By Tracey L. Snyder, Friday, February 5, 2016
Updated: Friday, February 5, 2016
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Content Standards Subcommittee 2016 business meeting agenda

Posted By Tracey L. Snyder, Thursday, February 4, 2016

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


Tags:  business meetings  Cincinnati  Content Standards Subcommittee  MLA 2016 

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ALA Midwinter 2016 CC:DA Meeting Notes

Posted By Tracey L. Snyder, Thursday, February 4, 2016
Updated: Thursday, February 4, 2016

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:


Tags:  ALA Annual 2015  ALA Midwinter 2016  CC:DA 

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Encoding Standards, Linked Data, BIBFRAME at Midwinter

Posted By James L. Soe Nyun, Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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!

Tags:  ALA Midwinter 2016  BIBFRAME  encoding standards  linked data  minutes 

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RDA Toolkit and MLA Best Practices update

Posted By Tracey L. Snyder, Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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

Tags:  Best Practices  RDA  Toolkit update 

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RDA Toolkit and MLA Best Practices update

Posted By Tracey L. Snyder, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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.


Tags:  Best Practices  RDA  Toolkit update 

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RDA and FRBR-LRM news

Posted By Tracey L. Snyder, Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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.

Tags:  FRBR  FRBR-LRM  governance  JSC  RDA 

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Two new MLA LCGFT resources available

Posted By Casey A. Mullin, Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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

Tags:  Best Practices 

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LC Summary of RDA Updates for April 2015 Toolkit Update

Posted By Tracey L. Snyder, Friday, April 24, 2015

Library of Congress has published a table that highlights some changes to RDA for the April 2015 RDA Toolkit update: 

Tags:  RDA  Toolkit update 

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Relationship designators in bibliographic records--PCC training manual

Posted By Tracey L. Snyder, Thursday, April 16, 2015

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 



Tags:  PCC  relationship designators 

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