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MLA Technical Reports Series

Directions in Music Cataloging
Edited by Peter H. Lisius and Richard Griscom
TR32 ISBN 978-0-89579-719-3 (2012) xi + 173 pp. $50.00
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In Directions in Music Cataloging, ten of the field’s top theoreticians and practitioners address  the issues that are affecting the discovery and use of music in libraries today. Anyone who uses music in a library—be it a teacher, researcher, student, or casual amateur—relies on the work of music catalogers, and because these catalogers work with printed and recorded materials in a wide variety of formats, they have driven many innovations in providing access to library materials. As technology continues to transform the discovery and use of music, they are exploring ways to describe and provide access to music resources in a digital age.   It is a time of flux in the field of music cataloging, and never has so much change come so quickly
The roots of today’s issues lie in the past, and the first part of the volume opens with two articles by Richard P. Smiraglia that establish the context of modern music cataloging through research conducted in the early 1980s. The second part explores cataloging theory in its current state of transition, and the concluding part looks to the future by considering the application of emerging standards.  The volume closes with a remembrance of A. Ralph Papakhian (1948–2010), the most prominent music cataloger of the past thirty years—a figure who initiated many of the developments covered in the volume and who served as a teacher and mentor for all of the contributors.


Introduction       H. Stephen Wright
Part 1: The Foundations of Music Cataloging Today   
Music in the OCLC WorldCat: A Replication      The Students of UWM LIS791 Summer 2010 and Richard P. Smiraglia
Theoretical Implications Arising from the Study of Personal Name Headings in the Indiana University Music Library Card Catalogs    Richard P. Smiraglia
Furthering Access to Music:  A History of the Music OCLC Users Group     Jay Weitz
Part 2: Cataloging Theory in Transition       
Works and Expressions in RDA: Problems and Solutions    Damian Iseminger
The Music Genre/Form Project: History, Accomplishments, and Future Directions   Beth Iseminger
Dreams from My Library   Michelle Hahn
Part 3: Current and Emerging Standards in Practice   
Cataloging Ethnographic Audiovisual Field Collections    Suzanne Mudge
Square Pegs in Round Holes: Adapting Cataloging Metadata Standards for Use with Digital Media Files    Peter H. Lisius
The FRBR Models: Thinking More Deeply about Library Metadata   Jenn Riley
Epilogue: Arsen Ralph Papakhian    
Ralph: A Remembrance    Sue Ellen Stancu
About the Contributors     


Peter H. Lisius is the music and media catalog librarian and an assistant professor at Kent State University.  He is a member of the MLA-BCC Subject Access Subcommittee and is a past member of the MLA-BCC MARC Formats Subcommittee. Lisius has led workshops in video-recording cataloging at meetings of the Online Audiovisual Catalogers and the Council on East Asian Libraries’ Committee on Technical Processing. He has also coauthored several articles for Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, focusing on authority control and cataloger training in relation to NACO and OCLC Enhance.

Richard Griscom is head of the Otto E. Albrecht Music Library and the Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former editor of Notes, the journal of the Music Library Association, and has held many positions in MLA, including chair of the MARC Formats Subcommittee, fiscal officer, and executive secretary. He is the editor of Music Librarianship at the Turn of the Century (2000) and coauthor (with David Lasocki) of The Recorder: A Research and Information Guide (2012).