Learn to catalog music resources using the RDA Toolkit

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/15/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing


CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Cataloging Music Resources in RDA, facilitated by Dr. Sonia Archer-Capuzzo. This four-week eCourse starts Monday, Oct. 19, 2015.

Are you struggling with cataloging music in your library? The latest release of RDA: Resource Description and Access, on Feb. 7, 2015, now includes the addition of Music Library Association for Best Practices for Music Cataloging (MLA BP). ALA Publishing presents a new eCourse, Cataloging Music Resources in RDA facilitated by Sonia Archer-Capuzzo, which explores the unique challenges of cataloging music resources and focuses on how RDA Toolkit meets these challenges. More and more libraries are making the switch to RDA cataloging, and training like this becomes more important to the process.

You will come out of this eCourse with a strong foundation in music cataloging with RDA that you can use more confidently and successfully, no matter what type of resources you wish to describe. Music cataloging adds yet another degree of complexity—scores or recordings are often more complicated, and RDA handles most of these challenges better than AACR2. Archer-Capuzzo will teach you how to navigate the RDA cataloging standard to find these solutions. This course is perfect for both new and seasoned catalogers who need to create records for music resources using RDA.

This four-week eCourse includes scores, audio recordings and a brief overview of video recordings. To be successful in this eCourse, you will be expected to understand cataloging practices and the basic tenets of RDA, FRBR and MARC prior to starting the course. Throughout the weeks, you’ll delve into the details of description, preferred titles, authorized access points and relationships. Each week will consist of a combination of readings, pre-recorded lectures, interactive hands-on activities and discussions between Archer-Capuzzo and your classmates. This course will provide you with a network with whom to interact and learn from—a support system for one another to help explain concepts in different ways, point out helpful resources and provide encouragement.

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • recognize the primary traits of RDA records for music resources. (Bloom’s Taxonomy: Knowledge, Comprehension);
  • apply RDA rules to music resources to create original records for scores, sound recordings and video recordings.(Bloom’s Taxonomy: Application, Synthesis);
  • identify the differences between Works, Expressions, Manifestations and Items and how those differences affect cataloging of music materials. (Bloom’s Taxonomy: Analysis);
  • interpret the instructions in RDA Toolkit in order to create high-quality catalog records for music resources. (Bloom’s Taxonomy: Evaluation).

About the Instructor

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 and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. 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.

Registration for this eCourse, which begins on October 19, 2015, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an Internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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