For immediate release | March 10, 2014

RDA for music: Popular music, jazz, and world music audio recordings

CHICAGO — ALA Editions in partnership with the Music Library Association announces an exciting new workshop, RDA for Music: Popular Music, Jazz, and World Music Audio Recordings with Tracey Snyder and Kevin Kishimoto. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

RDA: Resource Description and Access is the new global cataloging standard, the successor to AACR2, implemented by the Library of Congress and other U.S. national libraries in March 2013, with many libraries across the country following suit. In this workshop, Tracey Snyder and Kevin Kishimoto will teach the basics of cataloging popular music, jazz and world music audio recordings using RDA. This workshop will be invaluable for anyone who catalogs these materials and would like to learn how to do so using RDA.

Topics include:

  • RDA instructions pertaining to audio recordings and their location in RDA Toolkit;
  • differences between audio recordings instructions in RDA and AACR2;
  • aspects of RDA and FRBR that affect access to audio recordings of popular music, jazz and world music;
  • supplemental guidelines for cataloging music in RDA, including the Music Library Association's Best Practices;
  • MARC fields and subfields that accommodate RDA data for audio recordings.

About the Instructors

Tracey Snyder is the assistant music librarian at Cornell University's Sidney Cox Library of Music and Dance, where she selects and catalogs music A/V materials and offers library instruction sessions for music classes. Prior to arriving at Cornell in 2010, she was the music cataloger at the University of Chicago for four years. She currently serves as chair of the Music Library Association's Descriptive Cataloging Subcommittee and as the MLA liaison to ALA's Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access. She is also a member of the RDA Music Joint Working Group, which reports to the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA. In these capacities, she has been involved in a number of RDA revision proposals affecting the instructions for music resources. Snyder also served as a co-coordinator and instructor for MLA's 2013 preconference on cataloging music resources in RDA.

Kevin Kishimoto is the music cataloger at the University of Chicago, where for more than three years he has been using RDA to catalog audio recordings, scores, books, videos and other oddities. Previously, he was a special collections cataloger at the Lilly Library of Indiana University. He is an active member of the Music Library Association's Subject Access Subcommittee, which is currently working in conjunction with the Library of Congress to develop a new thesaurus for musical medium of performance. He has also been involved with several RDA revisions affecting the description of music. At the 2013 MLA annual conference, Kishimoto was a co-instructor for the day-long RDA music cataloging preconference workshop.

Registration for this Music Library Association 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.

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Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

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