RDA Best Practices Training and Updates

Presentation slides for the ALA eLearning webinar Using the New RDA Toolkit to Catalog Music, presented August 9-11, 2022, have been deposited in the Humanities Commons here: Full presenter notes are included.

Some of the pending issues mentioned in the slides have been addressed in the most recent Best Practices update in September. A summary of changes is below.

Changes to the MLA Best Practices in the September Toolkit update are minimal, but highlights include the following:

  • Guidance: data provenance: MLA recommendations should no longer conflict with general LC-PCC PS instructions
  • Manifestation: title of manifestation and Manifestation: title proper: added recommendations for when to include serial enumeration as part of the title proper in 245 $a for distinctive titles, rather than as other title information in $b
  • Manifestation: identifier for manifestation: added recommendation to record both 10- and 13-digit ISMNs as ISMNs (024 first indicator 2). Recording 13-digit ISMNs as EANs (024 first indicator 3) is optional
  • Numerous element have been updated to refer users to the MLA RDA Metadata Guidance document for guidance on provider-neutral cataloging and electronic resources

The MLA RDA Metadata Guidance document has been updated to version 0.92, with the following additions:

  • Minor additions to the section describing parallel aggregates in music
  • A new section under Bibliographic Description for format-specific guidance. At present this covers:
    • An overview of provider-neutral cataloging
    • Guidance for electronic resources, including a dedicated section for electronic scores (prepared with the cataloging subgroup of the Electronic Scores Working Group)
    • Placeholder sections for print reproductions and print-on-demand publications to be fleshed out in the future

Note: Although the electronic resource guidelines were written with reference to Official RDA, there should not be anything in them—other than directions to refer to the LC-PCC MGD—that conflicts with Original RDA.

Error reports, comments, or feedback on the Best Practices in the new Toolkit may be submitted here:

Error reports, comments, or feedback on the MLA RDA Metadata Guidance document may be submitted here:  

The next Toolkit update is in mid-December; changes to the Best Practices should be limited to minor fixes.