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Authority Control Interest Group

Sunday, June 29, 2014
1:00 pm to 5:30 pm, US/Pacific

Please join us at ALA Annual in Las Vegas for the following presentations on authority control. There is a lot of change going on in music cataloging these days, and your RDA fixes to authority records are still not complete(!), so our speakers will be talking about these topics. The presentations will go until about 3pm, with a Q&A to follow after the speakers. An open business meeting will follow that all are invited to attend.

We will be electing a vice-chair for 2014-2015 at the business meeting, and this person will become chair of the group in 2015-2016, so please let us know of your interest before the meeting. Being a chair is a lot of fun and there is a supportive group of members-at-large to help you. We also will have some member-at-large positions available if you are interested in that instead.

Line-up of speakers:

Janis L. Young (Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist, Policy and Standards Division (PSD)) will be giving her regular semi-annual report from Library of Congress, including updates on authorities projects, staffing changes at Library of Congress, and updates to tables and documentation.

In February 2014 the Library of Congress launched a new vocabulary, the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music (LCMPT). Hermine Vermeij (Team Leader, Subject Specialists Catalogers at UCLA and past chair of the Music Library Association Subject Access Subcommittee) will discuss the vocabulary, its history, and its potential to change the way we catalog and discover music.

Christy Crowl (Founder/Project Director, ProMusicDB), will discuss recent developments regarding the ProMusicDB.org project, the ProMusicDB ID and its intent to assist librarians in correctly identifying music performers, and have available the first draft of the ProMusicDB.org white paper. An introduction to ProMusicDB was published by Kimmy Szeto in the March 2014 edition of the Journal of E-Resources Librarianship entitled: "Introducing ProMusicDB: A Professional Music Credits Management System." (If you have questions that you would like Christy to answer in the presentation, please send them to Christina Hennessey at chennessey@lmu.edu by mid-June 2014)

Gary Strawn (Authorities Librarian, Northwestern University) is the chair of a PCC task force that will define and prepare an RDA 'Phase 3' for the LC/NACO Authority File. The primary job to be done is the re-coding of most of the remaining AACR2 authority records (numbering in the millions) as RDA. Other tasks to be accomplished as part of the project include: the addition of ISNIs, changes to music medium of performance (subfield $m), changes to relator terms, elimination of pre-RDA 378 fields, and the re-categorization of texts in subfield $c of personal names. All changed records will receive additional fields (046 for personal names, for example) when possible. Suggestions for additional clean-up projects, and volunteers to help review preliminary results, will be solicited.

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