RDA Basics for Music Materials

This webinar focuses primarily on the identification of RDA concepts and elements specific to the description of music materials encoded in MARC21. Attendees will

  • gain an understanding of the differences between AACR2 and RDA cataloging for music materials;
  • be able to locate RDA instructions pertaining to music materials in the RDA Toolkit;
  • identify new MARC21 fields created to accommodate RDA elements; and
  • learn about music cataloging resources that supplement RDA instructions pertaining to music materials.

Who Should Attend?

Cataloging staff who are non-music specialists, or that only occasionally catalog music materials.  A basic overview that covers both scores and sound recordings will be given, but it will not be comprehensive.

Course Level & Prerequisites



Mary Huismann is music/media original cataloger at the University of Minnesota and has worked extensively with music cataloging. She is an active member of the Music Library Association and the Online Audiovisual Catalogers (currently serving as Cataloging Policy Committee Chair). Mary has been a member of the MLA/OLAC Funnel for the National Libraries RDA Test, the MLA RDA Implementation Task Force, and served as project leader and trainer for the University of Minnesota's RDA implementation project.

Date & Times

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

sessions are intended to last 1 hour, starting:
11 a.m. Pacific  |  12 p.m. Mountain  |  1 p.m. Central  |  2 p.m. Eastern




  Fee ($USD)
Participant Each
ALCTS Member (individual) 43
Nonmember (individual) 59
International (individual) 43
Groups. Applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point.  
Member group 99
Nonmember group 129

All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording. All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session so if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.

Technical Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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How to Register

To register, complete the online registration form or or register by mail for the session you would like to attend.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org.

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