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

Available 24/7. Originally presented Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Session lasts about one hour.






Technical Requirements

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

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