Retrospective Implementation of Faceted Vocabularies for Music

Retrospective Implementation of Faceted Vocabularies for Music Efforts Led by the Music Library Association and Recommendations for Future Directions A Technical Report Prepared by Casey Mullin Chair, MLA Vocabularies Subcommittee (2014-2018) Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Western Washington University Libraries April 19, 2018 Contents Introduction Background, Rationale and Parameters Available Tools Future Directions Conclusion Glossary Introduction This document describes the rationale and process for automatically generating faceted data for inclusion in descriptive metadata for music resources (e.g., MARC bibliographic and authority records). Over the past several years, MLA has collaborated with Gary Strawn of Northwestern University to develop specifications for generating faceted terms based on the presence of existing legacy metadata (mostly Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)). Although implementation of newly-developed faceted vocabularies by music catalogers in current cataloging has reached a critical mass, the benefits of access to music resources offered by these new vocabularies will not

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