Music Library Association 86th Annual Meeting
22-26 February 2017 in Orlando, FL

MLA Pre-Conference


The Beat Goes On-athon: Creating Linked Data for Music with RIMMF

Sponsored by the MLA Cataloging and Metadata Committee, the MLA Education Committee, the MLA Educational Outreach Subcommittee, and MOUG


During this workshop, which is an expansion of the Bernstein-based “Lenny-athon” held at MLA 2016, participants will use RIMMF (RDA in Many Metadata Formats: see to create entity records representing works, expressions, manifestations, persons, corporate bodies, etc. that are associated with a specific composer or musical artist, such as their compositions, performances, lectures, collaborators, and even books about them. The end result will be an “r-ball” of linked data, similar to the output of the 2016 Lenny-athon (see

Participants will be able to choose from among a small selection of composers and musicians encompassing various styles of music such as contemporary classical music, popular music, and jazz. Participants will have the opportunity to explore questions around the rules of composers and performers and the nature of aggregates or compilations. Multiple content types and formats will be included such as scores, audio recordings, and video recordings.


Kathy Glennan 


Kathy Glennan is the Head of Monographic and Music Cataloging at the University of Maryland and has more than 30 years of experience cataloging scores and audio recordings. She has been a member of the NACO Music Project since 1995 and currently serves as UMD’s NACO Coordinator. Throughout her career, Kathy has been involved with the Music Library Association  having served as a member and subsequently as chair of: the MARC Formats Subcommittee, the Descriptive Cataloging Subcommittee and the Bibliographic Control Committee (now known as the Cataloging and Metadata Committee). Since 2005, Kathy’s professional contributions and scholarship have focused on the development of RDA: Resource Description and Access, with a special emphasis on music cataloging instructions. This includes her service on ALA’s Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access first as the MLA liaison, then as a voting member, and later as the liaison from the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. In recognition of her growing expertise with RDA and her leadership skills, she became the ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA in 2013. This committee was renamed the RDA Steering Committee in late 2015. In this role, she spends her time interpreting RDA instructions, identifying problems, and shepherding change proposals from ALA to improve RDA. Kathy has given numerous presentations on RDA, FRBR, and MARC Formats issues, including a planning and presenting at a full-day MLA preconference in 2011, a half-day RDA cataloging workshop for the MLA Atlantic Chapter in 2012, and two 2011 ALCTS Webinars, RDA Basics: Scores and RDA Basics: Sound Recordings. She authored an article in the March 2012 issue of Notes, “The Development of Resource Description and Access and Its Impact on Music Materials.”

Event Details

Rosen Plaza Hotel

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

$70 for MLA/MOUG members
$80 for non-members

Minimum no. of registrants
50 people