Mullin: Many Pathways for Discovery

Series: Technical Reports  Publisher: A-R Editions, Music Library Association
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Many Pathways for Discovery
Describing Music Resources Using Faceted Vocabularies

Casey A. Mullin

TR041 Mullin: Many Pathways for Discovery
978-0-89579-911-1 Book (2024) 7.5 x 9.25, viii + 156 pp.
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Many Pathways for Discovery is a manual for metadata practitioners learning music cataloging for the first time, as well as a ready reference tool for more experienced practitioners. It is intended to serve as a companion guide to general music cataloging instruction, focusing on what has traditionally been considered the more advanced skillset of “subject analysis.” It provides guidance for answering the “W-questions” about music content: What is it? (genre/form); What is it for, or, How is it performed? (medium of performance); Who is it by and Who is it for? (demographic aspects); When was it created? (chronological aspects); Where was it created? (geographic aspects) This book is primarily geared toward a metadata environment based on MARC 21 encoding and on vocabularies developed by the Library of Congress, namely, the Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music (LCMPT), the Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT), and the Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT). Comparisons to legacy practices involving Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are included. Additional chapters address encoding of faceted descriptors in Linked Data environments, and on discovery possibilities for end users. A bibliography of foundational and supplemental resources is provided.
1. Introduction
2. Describing Music for Solo Instruments and Instrumental Ensembles
3. Describing Music for Solo Voices, Vocal Ensembles, and Voices in Combination with Instruments
4. Describing Popular and Folk/Traditional Music
5. Describing Content Type Aspects of Music Resources
6. Emerging Standards: Linked Data, BIBFRAME, and The Performed Music Ontology
7. Epilogue: Possibilities for User Discovery of Music Resources via Faceted Data
Casey A. Mullin is a music cataloger with over fifteen years of experience. He participated in the early development of LCMPT and of the music terms within LCGFT. He has served in multiple leadership roles related to the development and broad implementation of faceted vocabularies, including as chair of the Music Library Association’s Vocabularies Subcommittee and as Chair of the American Library Association Core Subject Analysis Committee’s Subcommittee on Faceted Vocabularies. Mullin currently serves as Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Western Washington University Libraries and as Managing Partner of the contract cataloging firm Flourish Music Metadata Solutions. He holds a Master of Music degree from Western Washington University and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University Bloomington. He is the recipient of ALA’s Esther J. Piercy Award and the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG)’s Distinguished Service Award.
A contributor to this volume, Kevin Kishimoto is the Head of Music Metadata Services for Stanford University Libraries. Prior to his position at Stanford University, he held cataloging positions at the University of Chicago and Indiana University. Kevin has been an active member on numerous committees and task forces in the Music Library Association and the Music OCLC Users Group and currently serves as Chair of the MLA Linked Data Working Group.