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Spring Fling 2012: Music Cataloging
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Cataloging Musical Scores and Sound Recordings Workshop

This program was presented by CLA's Technical Services Interest Group in partnership with the Music Library Association, Southern California Chapter. It took place on Friday April 13, 2012, both in-person at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library and online via WebEx.

The full-day workshop focused on cataloging the two main music formats: notated music and musical sound recordings. Presenters Nancy Lorimer, John Redford, and Hermine Vermeij, gave overviews of the issues unique to musical formats, followed by discussions of how these general principles are dealt with in AACR2. Basic RDA principles were then presented, with a focus on areas dealing with notated music and musical sound recordings. Presenters discussed the cataloging rules and give a brief introduction to some of the peculiarities of print scores and audio formats. The instruction format allowed time for attendees to work on problems and ask questions of the instructors.

Workshop registrants: visit the workshop archive to access the webinar recording (divided by topic), workshop slides, and handouts. (All registrants for this workshop receive an access password.)

To purchase access to the archive please contact us.

  • $95 non-members
  • $70 CLA or MLA members
  • $40 student members

Attendees said:

  • "Excellent content."
  • "Everything was useful."
  • "Super awesome job, everyone. I learned a lot."
  • "Presenters did a fine job of explaining complicated material."
  • "Very knowledgeable presenters."
  • "Thank you for an excellent workshop."


Nancy Lorimer
holds a BMus., Music History and MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, and an MMus. from the University of Edinburgh. She is former Chair of the Bibliographic Control Committee of the Music Library Association (MLA), and is currently a member of the Subject Access Subcommittee and Form/Genre Task Force in MLA and Chair of the Northern California Chapter of MLA. At Stanford, she is responsible for the acquisition and cataloging of music materials in all formats. Along with other Stanford catalogers, she currently performs all her original cataloging using RDA and recently began training a participant in the NACO music funnel in RDA headings.

John Redford holds a BMus from the University of Glasgow, an MM from the University of Redlands, a DMA from the University of Arizona, and an MLIS from San Jose State University. His responsibilities at Biola include copy and original cataloging of music and non-print materials, music collection development, reference and bibliographic instruction. He serves as an adjunct professor of piano literature and has also taught a music research methods course.

Hermine Vermeij holds an MLIS from UCLA and a BA in Music from UC Santa Cruz. She currently chairs the Music Library Association (MLA) Subject Access Subcommittee and is the MLA liaison to the ALA Subject Analysis Committee. She is active in genre/form projects within both MLA and ALA. In 2010 she participated as part of the MLA/OLAC group in the U.S. National Libraries RDA Test, cataloging scores and sound recordings using RDA. At UCLA she catalogs material for the Music Library as well as social sciences monographs in German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Icelandic, and Tagalog.

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