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Encoding Standards Subcommittee 2024 Business Meeting

The 2024 annual business meeting of the Encoding Standards Subcommittee will be held virtually on Wednesday, March 6, 2:00 pm-2:55 pm EST.  Please see the ESS business meeting agenda for details and relevant links. Guests are encouraged to familiarize themselves with reports and documents ahead of time and bring questions or comments to the meeting. The meeting is open to all, and guests may come and go throughout. Access for the ESS meeting and all CMC business meetings are through the Cvent platform, which is the entry point for all sessions of the Music Library Association 2024 Annual Meeting. Registered MLA and MOUG attendees will find the meeting listed in the schedule; other guests must register (free) via the Cvent open meetings portal. CMC is also hosting an open, virtual CMC Q&A session Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 12:00 PM-12:55 PM EST. In this discussion forum, Town Hall speakers and additional CMC members will

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Cataloging and Metadata Committee 2024 Business Meeting and Agenda

The 2024 annual business meeting of the Cataloging and Metadata Committee will be held virtually on Thursday, March 7, 2:00 pm-3:25 pm EST.  Please see the CMC agenda for the full agenda as well as links to reports from CMC members. Reports will not be read in full at the meeting; guests are encouraged to read reports ahead of time and bring any questions or comments to the meeting. The meeting is open to all interested parties, and guests may come and go throughout. CMC is also hosting an open, virtual CMC Q&A session Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 12:00 PM-12:55 PM EST. In this discussion forum, Town Hall speakers and additional CMC members will be available to answer questions from the Town Hall or about any of the work of CMC groups, officers, and representatives. Access for the CMC business meetings and the Q&A are through the Cvent platform, which is the entry point

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CMC-Sponsored Sessions at MLA 2024

The Cataloging and Metadata Committee is sponsoring several sessions at the 2024 Meeting of the Music Library Association February 29-March 2: De-Mystifying Cataloging for Public Service Librarians and Staff; A Subject, a Genre, and a Medium Walk into a Search Bar…; Cataloging Conversations; and, of course, the Cataloging and Metadata Town Hall. We hope you are able to attend one or all!  For everyone who uses, manages, or populates front-end discovery systems or public catalogs A Subject, a Genre, and a Medium Walk into a Search Bar… Thursday February 29, 4:00pm-5:25pm EST Cataloging rules have long prohibited the application of headings from the Library of Congress Subject Headings for individual works without a topical focus for disciplines other than music. Music cataloging has been the exception, providing form, genre, and medium of performance access to individual musical works using LCSH. With the newer Genre/Form (LCGFT) and Medium of Performance (LCMPT) vocabularies now firmly

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Call for CMC Subcommittee Applications 2024

There are service opportunities on the three Cataloging and Metadata Committee (CMC) subcommittees: Content Standards, Encoding Standards, and Vocabularies, all of which have multiple vacancies. Appointments are for four-year terms, and most subcommittee work is conducted asynchronously throughout the year. We encourage all interested persons to apply for membership. We will be at the February 15 MLA Get Involved session and are happy to answer questions by email or in person at the conference. You can find more information about the subcommittees and their work here on our website, at the CMC Town Hall session March 1, and at our virtual open business meetings March 6-7. Brief applications should be in writing and submitted to the CMC Chair (Rebecca Belford) and any of the current subcommittee chairs (listed below) no later than end of day Thursday, March 7, 2024. Applications should state: 1) your specific interest with regards to the

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MLA-CMC at Winter 2024 ALA and MAC Meetings

CMC will be representing MLA’s interests at three upcoming Winter 2024 meetings in the next month: the MARC Advisory Committee (MAC), ALA Core’s Core Subject Analysis Committee (SAC), and ALA Core’s Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA). MAC will be meeting virtually Wednesday-Thursday, January 24-25, 10:30 am-1:30 pm EST each day. Meetings are free and open to observers. Access links are posted to the MARC listserv shortly before each meeting. The MAC agenda is available now. MLA is the author of Proposal No. 2024-01, Recording Numeric Designation of Musical Expressions in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats. If you have specific concerns or interests for this meeting, or questions about MAC in general, please contact Ethan D’Ver, chair of the CMC Encoding Standards Subcommittee and MLA’s liaison to MAC. If you have specific comments on any of the other proposals or discussion papers that you would like to have

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Looking for Some Authority? Try the NACO Music Project

Hi. This is Mark Scharff, Coordinator for the NACO-Music Project (NMP), the funnel project that creates and updates authority records in the LC/NACO Authority File (LCNAF), particularly those for musical works and expressions. Perhaps some readers of this blog have thought about joining NMP, but have asked internally, “Is this for me?” Let me offer some thoughts that might push that answer toward “Yes!”  If any one of these points has piqued your curiosity, I invite you to visit the NMP page on the CMC website. There is now a link to a document, the NMP Application Form Guide, that walks you through the NMP application form. I also invite you to ask me questions about the application process and what membership entails. The NACO-Music Project, thanks to the efforts of Ralph Papakhian and others, pioneered the funnel concept for cooperative authority work. NMP continues to lead the way in

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MLA/TLA 2023 CMC-Sponsored Session Summaries Now Available

Whether you missed any of the three program sessions that the Cataloging and Metadata Committee sponsored at the 2023 Meeting of the Music Library Association and the Theatre Library Association or if you would like to revisit content, summaries and presenters’ slides are now available: Many thanks to the presenters and our summary writers! Summaries will also appear in an upcoming issue of the Music Cataloging Bulletin, and recordings will be posted to MLA’s Vimeo channel in September (conference registrants may currently access via Sched). You can peruse summaries of previous CMC-sponsored conference presentations as well a plethora of CMC reports here on the CMC website.  

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MLA-CMC at Upcoming Summer 2023 ALA and MAC Meetings

CMC will be representing MLA’s interests at three upcoming meetings: ALA Core’s Core Subject Analysis Committee (SAC) and the MARC Advisory Committee (MAC) in June and ALA Core’s Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) in July. SAC will be meeting virtually June 14, 15, 16, 2023 from 1:00-3:00 pm CST (2-4 Eastern) each day. Meetings do not require a registration fee and are open to all interested guests, who may participate via Zoom chat and come and go throughout. To attend, you will need to register for a Zoom link that will admit you to all three meetings. The agenda and the liaison reports, including MLA’s, are posted to the SAC ALA Connect public site as they arrive. If you have specific concerns or interests for this meeting, or questions about SAC in general, please contact Janelle West, chair of the CMC Vocabularies Subcommittee and MLA’s liaison to SAC.

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Vocabularies Subcommittee 2022 Business Meeting and Agenda

The annual business meeting for the Vocabularies Subcommittee will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 1:30-2:55 pm Eastern time. The meeting is open to all registered attendees of the MLA conference–guests are warmly welcome, and are free to come and go throughout the meeting time. Zoom links will become available 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting through the conference program in Sched (MLA 2022 conference schedule for registered attendees). The VS meeting agenda includes agenda items, liaison reports, and reports from task groups within the subcommittee. Reports will not be read in full at the meeting; guests are invited and encouraged to read reports in advance and bring any questions or discussion points to the meeting. We hope that you can join us! Rebecca Belford, Chair, Vocabularies Subcommittee

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Changes to the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus (LCMPT) for voice and chorus terms

The Vocabularies Subcommittee of MLA’s Cataloging and Metadata Committee would like to announce the approval of recent changes to the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus (LCMPT) for voice and chorus terms. In discussions at the March 2020 MLA Conference, there was a broad consensus among members of the Cataloging and Metadata Committee that we should separate the issue of vocal range from that of gender of the singers, since the accuracy of these terms for contemporary and historical use is questionable. Although there are times when a gendered term may be more appropriate (scores calling for a “boy soprano”, for instance), there was agreement that we should have options for disassociating these concepts in the vocal and choral terms. A tenor, for instance, may be male, female, or non-binary, and the statement of range should not require limitation by gender. The Vocabulary Maintenance Task Group moved forward with

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Vocabularies Subcommittee 2021 business meeting and agenda

The annual business meeting for the Vocabularies Subcommittee will be held virtually on Thursday, March 18, 2021, 3:00-4:25 pm Eastern time. Please see the the VS meeting agenda for a full agenda as well as links to the Chair’s ALA reports and reports from the various VS task groups. These reports will not be read in full at the meeting; guests are invited and encouraged to read reports in advance and bring any questions or discussion points to the meeting. The meeting is open to all registered attendees of the joint MLA/TLA conference. Zoom links will become available 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting through the conference program in Sched. We hope that you can join us! Rebecca Belford, Chair, Vocabularies Subcommittee

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MLA Best Practices for Using LCMPT version 1.41 now available

A slightly revised version (v. 1.41) of the MLA Best Practices for Using LCMPT (March 31, 2020) is now available, and should be used in place of the previous version.  The main change is the deletion in its entirety of footnote 10 in version 1.4. Deleted:  As of this writing, 382 subfields $e, $r and $t are defined in the MARC Authorities Format, but are not yet approved for use in LC/NACO authority records; see the Descriptive Cataloging Manual, Section Z1 for more information (via Cataloger’s Desktop or https://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/dcmz1.pdf). Aside from that restriction and the second indicator difference mentioned above, these best practices guidelines apply equally to 382 fields in bibliographic and authority records. This brings the document in line with the change by LC, announced in March ahead of the April, 2020 update to DCM Z1, that subfields in the 382 field (Medium of Performance) are available for use in authority records (by NACO-Music

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Vocabularies Subcommittee 2020 business meeting and agenda

Everyone is welcome to attend the CMC Vocabularies Subcommittee business meeting, to be held Friday, February 28, 2020, from 1:30-2:55 in Salon H of the conference hotel for MLA Annual 2020, Hilton Norfolk The Main. Audience members unable to attend the full meeting are free to come and go quietly. Please see the VS meeting agenda for the full agenda as well as links to the Chair’s ALA reports and reports from the various VS task groups. We hope you can join us!Rebecca Belford, VS Chair

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Best Practices for Using LCMPT Version 1.4 and LCGFT Version 1.2 now available

The Vocabularies Subcommittee (Cataloging and Metadata Committee, Music Library Association) is pleased to announce the release of Best Practices for Using LCMPT v.1.4 (July 8, 2019) and Best Practices for Using LCGFT for Music Resources v.1.2 (July 8, 2019). Current MLA best practices as well as superseded versions for historical interest may be found at https://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/mpage/cmc_mlabestpractices. If you have the BPs bookmarked, please make sure your link takes you to the current version. LCMPT v.1.4 In addition to organizational and style changes, including a table of contents, version 1.4 of the BPs for LCMPT is significantly expanded. Added sections and examples include: MARC coding: alternative instruments, hymns and similar vocal works, vocal range abbreviations, use of $3 Partial medium of performance statements: use case for choice to omit field 382 Band and wind ensemble: new section Number of hands: added examples Entirely unspecified medium: new section Visuals and Mixed media:

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