Learn music cataloging basics, new workshop

For Immediate Release
Thu, 08/20/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing


CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning, in partnership with Music Library Association, announces a new workshop Music Cataloging Basics with Dr. Sonia Archer-Capuzzo and Mary Huismann. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.

The world of music cataloging is often puzzling to catalogers that have no music background or experience. In this workshop, Sonia Archer-Capuzzo and Mary Huismann will put the puzzle pieces in place by covering the basics of music cataloging using the current RDA: Resource Description and Access and MARC21 standards. This workshop is designed for those with cataloging experience who are approaching cataloging of music materials for the first time.

In this workshop, you’ll learn about topics such as:

  • basic music information and concepts;  
  • MARC tags for music;
  • searching OCLC and determining the best record in OCLC;
  • brief introduction to music subject and genre/form headings;
  • brief introduction to music preferred titles;
  • numbers (publisher numbers and how they are used);
  • dates (types of dates found and their significance, and what to do when there is no date).

About the Instructors

Dr. Sonia Archer-Capuzzo is a cataloger, lecturer and librarian. She holds an MLIS and a DMA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she currently teaches as a lecturer for the Library and Information Studies Department. As a cataloger, Dr. Archer-Capuzzo has worked in AACR2 and RDA and has cataloged numerous formats, including scores, audio recordings, videos, serials and objects. She provides RDA training throughout the southeast United States, including workshops for the Southeast Music Library Association, the North Carolina State Library, and the Northeast Florida Library Information Network. She also teaches a more in-depth four-week eCourse: Cataloging Music Resources in RDA.

Mary Huismann is the music/media original cataloger at the University of Minnesota Libraries. 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 a project leader and trainer for the University of Minnesota’s RDA implementation project. Mary has served as a trainer for Minnesota Opportunities for Technical Services Excellence (MOTSE) and for the Music Library Association Educational Outreach Program. She is also an OCLC Enhance participant for the sound recordings format.

Registration for this workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

Founded in 1931, Music Library Association (MLA) is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and all aspects of music materials in libraries. MLA provides a professional forum for librarians, archivists, and others who support and preserve the world’s musical heritage.

ALA Publishing eLearning workshops offer a convenient, hands-on learning experience that will help you and your colleagues make the best decisions for your library. This workshop is licensed for use by staff or users of the purchasing institution or library organization.

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