OCLC Music Toolkit Installer Updated May 2024

The OCLC Music Toolkit installer has been updated and is now available for download at With this update, 650, 655 and 382 mappings are current through 2022, and work will soon begin on 2023 additions.    Music Toolkit users are encouraged to report questions, suggestions, or unexpected Toolkit behavior using the form at Your feedback is monitored by the CMC Vocabularies Subcommittee and relayed to programmer Gary Strawn who incorporates changes and additions into the programming and OCLC macro. About the Music Toolkit: The Music Toolkit, developed by Gary Strawn based on specifications provided by the CMC Vocabularies Subcommittee, analyzes bibliographic data and generates corresponding faceted terms from the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus (LCMPT), Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms (LCGFT), and Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT), as well as other faceted metadata such as dates and geographic place names. The Toolkit output is

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Best Practices for Using LCGFT for Music Resources Version 1.3 Now Available

The Vocabularies Subcommittee (Cataloging and Metadata Committee, Music Library Association) is pleased to announce the release of Best Practices for Using LCGFT for Music Resources v.1.3 (April 9, 2024). Current MLA best practices as well as superseded versions for historical interest may be found on the MLA Best Practices page. If you have the BPs bookmarked, please make sure your link takes you to the current version. LCGFT V.1.3 Updates In addition to grammatical and style updates, new or expanded sections or examples in version 1.3 of the LCGFT BPs for music resources include: Experimental music and Avant-garde music, and Rap (Music) and Hip-Hop (Music). Guidance for the use of LCGFT terms “Studio recordings” and “Live sound recordings” were revised and expanded. Send Your Suggestions Nearly all of the additions reflect suggestions from practicing catalogers. We encourage submissions to the suggestion box, and we monitor MLA-L, MOUG-L, and other email

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