Using the New RDA Toolkit to Catalog Music

A three-part webinar series taking place Tuesday, June 13; Wednesday, June 14: and Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 11:30am Pacific/12:30pm Mountain/1:30pm Central/2:30pm Eastern each session.

This three-part webinar will cover the MLA Best Practices for Cataloging using RDA and MARC21 in the new RDA Toolkit. The first session introduces the MLA Best Practices, including a comparison of the Best Practices in the original and new Toolkits and an overview of notable changes and differences. It explains how to navigate and interpret the Best Practices and how they interact with LC-PCC PS. The second webinar covers tools for use alongside the Best Practices, including the MLA RDA Application Profile, external RDA guidance documentation, and other pertinent MLA cataloging documents. The third session illustrates using the new Toolkit, Best Practices, and associated documentation to catalog scores and audio recordings.

After this event, participants will be able to:

  • Navigate and interpret the MLA Best Practices in the new RDA Toolkit
  • Understand how the Best Practices interact with LC-PCC PS and where they differ
  • Use additional tools to quickly evaluate which RDA elements to include in a bibliographic record
  • Know where to look for supplemental guidance on music cataloging
  • Apply instructions in the new Toolkit to the cataloging of notated and recorded music


Part 1: Introduction to the MLA Best Practices 

Part 2: Tools for use together with the MLA Best Practices 

Part 3: Using the new Toolkit and associated documentation for cataloging

Keith Knop is the head of the music cataloging section of the University of Georgia Libraries and is currently chair of the Content Standards Subcommittee of MLA's Cataloging and Metadata Committee. He has previously taught workshops on cataloging audio and video materials, and in 2019 taught a course in music cataloging for the University at Buffalo. Prior to coming to UGA he was associate music cataloger at Florida State University's Warren D. Allen Music Library for ten years. In addition to the MLIS, he holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Florida State.

This event will be hosted in Zoom. Automatic captions will be enabled for this event. This event will be recorded, and registrants will receive access to the recording within a day after the event ends.

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