Content Standards Annual Report: 2022

2021-2022 Roster

  • Keith Knop, Chair (2024)
  • Linda Bagley (2024)
  • Emily Colucci (2026)
  • Reed David (2024)
  • Sarah C. Holmes (2025)
  • Chelsea Hoover (2026)
  • Ivan Kaproth-Joslin (2023)
  • Charles Peters (2023)
  • Jake Schaub (resigned 2022)
  • Amanda Scott (2025)
  • Hannah Spence (2023)
  • Casey Mullin (BIBCO Music Funnel Coordinator)
  • Christopher Holden (LC Representative)
  • Jay Weitz (OCLC Representative)

List of Previous Goals and Progress Made

  1. Complete revision and migration of the RDA Best Practices for the new RDA Toolkit in time for the projected PCC “rolling implementation” date of July 2022. (Goal areas: Education, Value of the Profession)
    • All still-relevant Best Practices content from the original RDA Toolkit has now been migrated to the new Toolkit or to external guidance documentation.
    • LC and PCC have delayed implementation of the revised RDA to “not before October 2022,” but realistically not before early 2023 to allow time for testing the new LC-PCC guidance documentation with the new Toolkit.
    • In response to changes in the MARC format, CSS issued an interim update for format of notated music, bringing the Best Practices for original and official RDA into harmony.
  2. Develop application profiles and/or workflow and support documentation to support the revised RDA Best Practices. (Goal areas: Education, Value of the Profession)
    • A draft application profile was released for public comment in March 2022, consisting of a set of generic elements applicable to all music resources plus more targeted element sets specific to scores and recordings in tangible and non-tangible formats. Application profiles targeted to specific repertoires or traditions may be developed in the future.
    • A separate metadata guidance document was released simultaneously, which addresses several new topics in official RDA, provides narrative workflow guidance for certain tasks, and houses the MARC examples formerly included in the Best Practices in the Toolkit.
  3. Work collaboratively with LC, OLAC, and others to provide input and/or revisions to RDA proposals, LC-PCC Policy Statements, and other documents relevant to music cataloging (Goal areas: Education, Value of the Profession; FY 2019-2020 Action: Engage with Other Fine Arts Professional Organizations to Pursue Collaborations for Meetings, Education, and Advocacy)
    • CSS responded to a request for comment from MLA’s NISO representatives concerning periodic review of ISO 5127: Information and Documentation—Foundation and vocabulary. The subcommittee and other CMC members made several recommendations for revisions and additions, but NISO elected not to revise the document this review cycle.
    • Six current CSS members have worked with the cataloging subgroup of the MLA Electronic Scores Working Group. The cataloging subgroup issued a discussion paper focused on interdepartmental issues that may affect cataloging decisions for electronic scores for comment in April 2022. A set of best practices is forthcoming.
    • The CSS chair, along with the CMC chair, met with the PCC Policy Committee (PoCo) in October 2021 to discuss CMC’s response to a query from PoCo about a possible policy addition that would provide more options in cataloging compilations. The new policy would apply especially to recordings of popular music and other music outside the Western classical tradition. PoCo agreed with the CMC position. The CSS chair drafted a response to a followup question, with input from the CMC chair, NACO and BIBCO Music Funnel coordinators, and NACO Music Project advisory board chair.
      The CSS chair attends bimonthly meetings of the Policy Writers Group, a group convened by ALA Publishing with the RDA Steering Committee to discuss implementation of policy statements in the RDA Toolkit.
  4. Provide leadership for RDA-focused training opportunities (e.g., MLA-sponsored webinars, conference presentations, etc.) (Goal area: Education, Technology, Value of the Profession)
    • The CSS chair reprised a course on basic music cataloging through ALA eLearning, May 2-29, 2022. This was part of a four-part series coordinated by ALA, CMC, and the MLA Education Committee. The final part of the series, a set of webinars on using the new RDA Toolkit, is scheduled for August 9-11.
    • The CSS chair appeared in an ALA panel discussion, along with representatives from the Library of Congress and the British Library, to discuss the process of reviewing and migrating policy statements for original RDA to official RDA.

List of Future Goals

    1. Work to maintain the MLA Best Practices in pace with changes to RDA and LC-PCC policy, add content where the community has requested it while the Toolkit was frozen, and solicit feedback to identify areas, repertoires, or musical traditions in need of additional guidance.
      • Goal Area 2: Develop and Retain Membership, Objective 2.4: Support members working in various disciplines within an organization that also includes aspects of music librarianship.
    2. Investigate options to improve accessibility and usability of MLA cataloging documentation outside the RDA Toolkit.
      • Goal Area 3: Cultivate Inclusivity, Objective 3.5: Prioritize accessibility at all MLA events, in-person and virtual, and in all MLA virtual spaces.
    3. Work with other cataloging organizations to represent the views and needs of the music cataloging community.
      • Goal Area 2: Develop and Retain Membership, Objective 2.6: Promote MLA as being an Association that will advocate for our profession, our members, our users, our institutions and for diversity….
    4. Provide leadership for RDA-focused training opportunities (e.g., MLA-sponsored webinars, conference presentations, etc.). Explore opportunities for small-scale, open-access, informal training.
      • Goal Area 2: Develop and Retain Membership, Objective 2.3: Explore educational and networking opportunities beyond annual and chapter conferences….
      • Goal Area 3: Cultivate Inclusivity, Objective 3.2: Draw on member expertise by offering informal educational workshops, webinars, and panels….