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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Cataloging and Metadata News, August 2022

General Committee News Rebecca Belford was named as the Incoming Chair; she will become Chair in March 2023. Current full roster Recent reports with more details on the information in this report are available on the CMC website.  CMC presented its Cataloging and Metadata Town Hall with news from the committee at MLA 2022; the slides are available in Humanities Commons. Content Standards Subcommittee (CSS) (Keith Knop, Chair) The MLA Best Practices have been integrated into the new RDA Toolkit.   The Best Practices are now accompanied by an additional guidance document (available as a PDF  on the MLA Best Practices page). To account for changes to MARC21 field 348, an interim Best Practices update for form of musical notation has been released (same address) to bridge the gap between original and official RDA. Encoding Standards Subcommittee (ESS) (Karen Peters, Chair) After the editing of existing resources, and the completion and

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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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