RDA Music Implementation Task Force: MLA Report 2015

RDA Music Implementation Task Force Final Business Meeting Report
MLA Annual Meeting 2015, Denver, Colorado
Submitted by Casey Mullin, Chair

Present: Casey Mullin, Chair,Mary Huismann, Damian Iseminger, Daniel Paradis, Ray Schmidt, Hermine Vermeij
Approximately 15-20 guests

Best Practices for Music Cataloging Using RDA and MARC21, Version 1.1

The Best Practices, v.1.1, were published in PDF on BCC website on 2/17/15 and released in marked-up form on RDA Toolkit on
the same day. The chair reported on his experience working with ALA Publishing to learn and implement ALA’s content management system for preparing MLA’s content for the Toolkit. Thanks to very thorough proofreading by Task Force members
and several helpful WebEx training/troubleshooting sessions with Jamie Hennelly of ALA Publishing, the TF was able to keep on schedule and have the Best Practices content ready for the February release deadline.

Certain sections of the Best Practices were not marked up for Toolkit inclusion, but have instead been compiled into a supplemental document, to which is hyperlinked as appropriate from elsewhere in the Toolkit:

Future of the Best Practices

Future versions of the Best Practices will be updated directly within the Toolkit environment (similar to LC-PCC PS updates), and the full PDF version will be retired. As regards future revisions and maintenance of the Best Practices, the new Content Standards subcommittee, chaired by Tracey Snyder, will assume responsibility for preparing content updates, and the CMC Web master will be responsible for updating the content in ALA’s CMS. Mullin will work with the new Webmaster to ensure a smooth transition.

A revision schedule for the Best Practices was discussed. The TF has thus far been releasingupdates about once per year, but more frequent updates (coinciding with RDA and LC-PCC PS updates) are desired. Whereas a revision to be completed in time for the April Toolkit release (which includes several music-related updates) is not feasible, August is a prudent target for
another incremental revision, to at least incorporate the April RDA updates. After that, a semi-annual schedule (February and August or April and August) will be pursued.

Discussion of Deferred Issues for Future Versions of Best Practices

The current list of issues deferred for possible inclusion in a future version of the Best Practices includes:

  • 1.7.5. Replacing punctuation in transcription
  • 2.4, 7.23, 7.24. Change in SOR instructions in April 2015 update
  • Adding a “when in doubt” clause related to the last 2 examples
  • 2.8.4. Label name or series title?
  • Chapter 3 appendix. Add lines to table (and full example) for streaming audio (overlap with OLAC best practices)
  • Describing scores consisting of multiple sheets (delayed pending RDA change proposal)
  •, Types and medium of performance in access points
  • Future of conventional collective titles with standard combinations of instruments
  • 6.15. Use of LCMPT-sourced 382 fields in authority records
  • Creators of non-Western art music compilations
  • 7.20. Use of l (L) for all RDA scores
  • Adding MARC examples
  • 24.5. Use of relationship designators (in general)
  • 25.1. Recording reciprocal relationships
  • 25.1. Recording relationships in authority records
  • 25.1. Related work (from LC response)
  • 26.1. Original expression of an arrangement, as a related expression access point
  • 27.1. Detailed guidance for 775/776 for reproductions of audio recordings
  • Appendix A. Capitalization of work/expression attributes
  • Appendix J.2.5. Complementary works as whole/part relationships

Starting after the conclusion of the MLA meeting, any feedback received on the Best Practices will be forwarded to Tracey Snyder, chair of the Content Standards Subcommittee, for tracking and follow up.

Adjournment and Thanks to Task Force Members

Mullin thanked the Task Force members for their diligent work over the last 3+ years. A resource of the magnitude of the Best Practices would not have been possible without the sustained efforts of all involved, steady adherence to the vision of the project, and a healthy dose of pragmatism and open-mindedness. A round of heartfelt applause ensued. With that, the Task Force was disbanded.