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RDA Best Practices Updates

Updates to two MLA RDA Best Practice supplement documents are now available via the CMC Best Practices page. Supplement 1: Guidelines for Describing and Encoding Attributes of Audio Recording Carriers has been updated to version 1.82, which corrects an issue with the mapping for encoding format (347 $b) for electronic audio resources and updates examples for provider-neutral cataloging of electronic audio resources. MLA RDA Metadata Guidance, a document for use with Official RDA, has been updated to version 0.93, which corrects some MARC examples and makes some improvements to example labeling. A more significant update is the addition of format-specific guidance covering certain aspects of sound recording cataloging. At the moment, topics addressed include choices for recording publication, distribution, and manufacture statements for audio recordings and recording contributor agent information. Although written for Official RDA, information in this section is also compliant with Original RDA. Beginning with version 0.93, the

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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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RDA Best Practices Training and Updates

Presentation slides for the ALA eLearning webinar Using the New RDA Toolkit to Catalog Music, presented August 9-11, 2022, have been deposited in the Humanities Commons here: https://hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:48851/. Full presenter notes are included. Some of the pending issues mentioned in the slides have been addressed in the most recent Best Practices update in September. A summary of changes is below. Changes to the MLA Best Practices in the September Toolkit update are minimal, but highlights include the following: The MLA RDA Metadata Guidance document has been updated to version 0.92, with the following additions: Note: Although the electronic resource guidelines were written with reference to Official RDA, there should not be anything in them—other than directions to refer to the LC-PCC MGD—that conflicts with Original RDA. Error reports, comments, or feedback on the Best Practices in the new Toolkit may be submitted here: https://bit.ly/MLA-BP-feedback Error reports, comments, or feedback on

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Content Standards Subcommittee 2022 Business Meeting Agenda

The annual business meeting of the Content Standards Subcommittee will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 10:00-11:25 MT (12:00-1:25 ET). All registered attendees of the 2022 MLA conference are welcome to attend. Please see the CSS meeting agenda for topics and links to documents of interest. Zoom links will become available 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting in Sched (conference registration required). The meeting will be recorded.

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Music cataloging webinars, recent and upcoming

Slides are available for two recent webinars: Music Cataloging Basics Presented October 31, 2018, by Linda Blair and Mary Huismann. Slides Introduction to LC Faceted Vocabularies for Music Resources Presented August 29, 2018, by Casey Mullin and Hermine Vermeij. Slides Materials for these and other webinars can be found on MLA’s Previous Workshops page. Stay tuned for details in 2019 on upcoming webinars about cataloging music resources in RDA. This includes revised versions of webinars from 2014 and 2015 on scores, music video recordings, classical audio recordings, and popular music audio recordings, as well as new webinars on librettos and historic audio recordings.

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Joint MLA/OLAC 33X/34X Final Recommendations Redux

The final report summarizing the work of a joint MLA/OLAC task group which worked to address issues connected to 23 additions to the Genre/Form Code and Term Source Codes list (https://tinyurl.com/y7tzhr32), which are utilized in the 33X and 34X fields, was issued in late 2017. The group was charged with examining three issues: inconsistent treatment of RDA and non-RDA terms in MARC 344 and 347, consideration of consistent treatment of MARC 344 and 347 across formats, and implementation of the new $2 source codes. A question regarding the use of the new $2 source codes was recently raised. Just to be clear, the intent of the recommendation for issue 3 was that whenever separate MARC 34X fields would be required due to multiple applicable $2 source codes, to use separate MARC 34X fields – with the implication that the new source code would also be applied. The latter should have

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RDA Toolkit Beta Version Coming Soon!

The beta version of the new RDA Toolkit will be released Wednesday evening, June 13, 2018. This release is an outcome of the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project, also known as the 3R Project. After release, the beta version will be accessible through a linked button in the top banner of the current RDA Toolkit. The beta version will be available to current subscribers and to others via a trial period (see link to the Toolkit News below for more information). Please keep in mind that the beta version is to be considered *draft* content that is not yet finalized. It is not approved for use by the RDA Steering Committee and should not be used for current cataloging. For current cataloging work, please continue to use the old version of the Toolkit, which contains the official text of RDA, LC-PCC PSs, and the MLA RDA Best Practices; there

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RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project status report

A status report of the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign (3R) Project is available on the RDA Toolkit blog: http://www.rdatoolkit.org/3Rproject/SR3 The new target date for the initial rollout of the restructured and redesigned Toolkit is June 13, 2018. See the blog for screenshots and further details.  

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IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM) final version (August 2017)

The following announcement about the IFLA Library Reference Model was posted today on the RSC website: IFLA Library Reference Model The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) welcomes the publication of the IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM) as an IFLA standard. The LRM was endorsed by the IFLA Professional Committee in August 2017; the final version is available at: https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11412. There are no significant changes to the LRM from the draft version used for the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign (3R) Project by the RSC and its working groups. The project includes development of RDA as an implementation of the new model, which consolidates the separate IFLA Functional Requirements models on which RDA is based. The RSC recommends RDA Toolkit users to familiarize themselves with the LRM in preparation for the release of the new Toolkit in 2018. Posted 19 September 2017

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IFLA LRM March 2017 version available

The IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM)–formerly known as FRBR-LRM–is now available in its most recent version from March 2017: https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11412 FRBR is the conceptual model underlying RDA. RDA will be revised to reflect the new conceptual model LRM.

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RDA Best Practices Changes in the April RDA Toolkit Release

The April RDA Toolkit release was published on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The release contains updates to MLA RDA Best Practices, as detailed below. As a reminder, the RDA Best Practices are available in the RDA Toolkit and the Best Practices Supplement documents are available at the CMC website. The April release also included changes to several LC-PCC Policy Statements (LC-PCC PS), summarized in this document available at the LC website. This update cycle was particularly challenging because changes to RDA content, LC-PCC PS and the RDA Best Practices were being developed simultaneously on a very tight time-frame in an effort to get as much as possible into this release before the impending RDA content freeze. As a result, some of the RDA Best Practices merely point to following LC (rather than LC/PCC) practice, as our editing deadline preceded PCC approval of the LC-PCC PS texts. Revisions, where necessary, will be placed in the

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February RDA Toolkit and Best Practices Update

The February RDA Toolkit release was published on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The release contained corrections and Fast Track changes from the RSC as outlined in document RSC/Sec 6 available at the RSC website. Several of the Fast Track changes involved conversion of tables to lists (e.g., RDA 3.2.1.3 Media Type, RDA 6.9.1.3 Recording Content Type) and changes to glossary terms. Of particular interest in the latter category is this addition to the definition for “container”–“an insert visible through the housing is part of the container.” Also appearing in this release are changes to element labels, definitions, scope notes, and instructions in five categories (the first four with representative examples): Replacement of the wording “person, family, or corporate body” with “agent” or “agents” –Chapter 19 Agents Associated with a Work Deletion of articles within element names and replacement of a definite article with an indefinite article preceding element names in

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RDA Toolkit Update

The October RDA Toolkit update was published on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. This update consisted largely of corrections, revised examples, and Fast Track changes from the RSC as outlined in document RSC/Sec/5 available at the RSC website. The synchronization work that began in August continues now with the harmonization of glossary terms, relationship designators and their definitions in RDA instructions and appendices. The RDA Toolkit is in the initial stages of the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project. As part of this project, RDA Toolkit user stories are being collected. Please consider contributing your stories here. Just a reminder, too, that the link to the Best Practices Supplements that are accessible via the MLA CMC website has been changed. The new link text ishttp://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/resource/resmgr/BCC_RDA/Supp_RDA_Best_Practices.pdf. While none of the changes in this update are specific to music, there are a few changes worth noting. RDA instruction 2.13.1.3 (Recording Mode of Issuance) now points to

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RDA Toolkit and MLA Best Practices Update

The August 9, 2016 release of the RDA Toolkit contains content updates, corrections, revised examples and other Fast Track changes from the RSC. These changes are described in detail in two RSC documents available at the RSC site: RSC/Sec/3, which describes Fast Track and other changes, and RSC/Sec/4, which outlines revisions made to support the development of RDA Reference and the RDA Toolkit Glossary. Background information on these latter changes can be found in the document RSC/Chair/17, also available at the RSC site. The list of changes to LC-PCC Policy Statements can be found at the Library of Congress website. The link to the Best Practices Supplements that are accessible via the MLA CMC website has been changed. The new link text is http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/resource/resmgr/BCC_RDA/Supp_RDA_Best_Practices.pdf. Music-related Changes in the August Toolkit Release Designation of edition (2.5.2.1, 3rd paragraph, line b): In the scope, the former text “a particular voice range or format of notated

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Music-specific Changes to RDA

While changes to the music RDA best practices have been regularly reported here, music-specific changes to RDA itself have not been systematically reported. We hope to do more of that! LC provides summaries of RDA changes on its RDA information page (https://www.loc.gov/aba/rda/index.html). Links to the summaries of the annual RDA update changes and summaries of changes to the LC-PCC Policy Statements will be found there. The most current version of the policy statements may be accessed via the RDA Toolkit (http://access.rdatoolkit.org/then click on the “Resources” tab) – no subscription is required. This brief summary of music-specific changes to RDA is based in part on a presentation given by Kathy Glennan at the recent BIBCO Operations Committee meeting (https://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/documents/OpCo-2016/RDA-Changes-through-April%202016.pdf) In all, the April Toolkit update included 71 fast track additions or changes and 190 changes to RDA. Music-related changes include: Revised instructions Added terms for production method (RDA 3.9.1.3):  Terms now

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