Thursday, February 21, 2008
11:00-12:30: Bibliographic Control Committee (BCC-business meeting)
12:30-2:00: Music Vocabularies and Subject Access (Subject Access Subcommittee)
- The Library of Congress is moving forward on the form-genre project with music headings being a pilot subject area.
- The development of an Ethnographic Thesaurus through a Mellon Foundation Grant. The beta version is available at http://www.etproject.org
- Presentation concerned primarily with social networking and social tagging
- Scholarly editions backbone of the collection
- RISM (International Inventory of Musical Sources)
- Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
- Encoding level 3 records: Encouraged to enrich these records.
- Not much of a meeting, but a heck of a good time
- Unfortunately, I had to leave early for the drive home. At least I got to hear a bit, including the winning lyrics (here) of the Sea Shanty contest.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
9:00-10:00: BCC News Hour: Breaking news and reports in music cataloging
- Authorities: Can now use the musical sharp symbol rather than the pound sign in records
- Authorities & Descriptive are reviewing and commenting on RDA (Resource Description and Access-the new cataloging code)
- MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloging): Currently a proposal to make the 44o field obsolete (this is a series tracing field)
- Subject: Discussion of form-genre headings with a potential discussion group being set up ; Under discussion is a SACO-music funnel (Subject Authority Control Program)
- Playaways report: Looking at a best practices document, which is still up for comments. Biggest challenge is determining if it is a recording or an electronic resource.
- Library of Congress Popular Sound Recordings in OCLC (Online Computer Library Center): Put in as encoding level 3 as keeping up with verification of headings was to difficult. Again any library can enrich these records and add headings.
- Early Printed Music Report should be published in 2009
- Online prototype should be available in spring 2008: will be the primary way to access the rules
- Impact on MARC21
- Publishers of RDA are in contact with ILS (Integrated Library System) vendors
- Does this include Open Source ILS vendors?
- Thematic index information will not be considered abbreviations. Opus number is still up for debate. Units of measurement will be abbreviated, but a lot of the current abbreviations are not coming over.
- Slides from this presentation are here.
2:00-4:00: Bibliographic Control Committee (BCC-business meeting)
- Further discussion of the form-genre project with Library of Congress among other things.
7:00-8:00: Cocktail hour with the MLA big band & live auction
That is it. Doesn't seem like much does it? I will guarantee that my brain was extremely tired at the end of Saturday. Since the conference I have found out that I have been appointed to the Subject Access Subcommittee of the Bibliographic Control Committee. I am very excited about this opportunity to serve my primary professional organization. (Note: I was recently elected Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Chapter of MLA, which means I am serving both nationally and regionally).