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Special Materials Cataloging Division Music Division

Cataloging Policy and Support Office American Folklife Center General Library News Copyright Office

Office of Strategic Initiatives

Compiled by Joe Bartl, MSR1, SMCD Feb. 26, 2007


(Joe Bartl. MSR1, SMCD)

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CATALOGING ACCOMPLISHMENTS Bibliographic Production Arrearage Accomplishments Bibliographic Maintenance

WORKFLOW SIMPLIFICATION Introduction CD Brief Workflow Leased Metadata (AMG) CD Sorter & CD Add

OTHER INITIATIVES New Sound Recording Formats Guidelines Series and collected works (new treatment) CD Multivolume Project Choral Music Octavos Elimination of Book Backlog Card Catalogs Inventory Project Music Division Special Collections records added to Voyager OvOp Sound Recordings Popular Sheet Music Project

NEW PROJECTS Ethnic Sound Recordings M1508 Sheet Music Secure Storage Facilities Telework

ONGOING PROJECTS All Media Guide (AMG) Workflow Nijinska Collection SR Foreign Language Project

COOPERATION/OUTREACH Advisory Groups International Groups LC Divisions LC Junior Fellows Music Division Reference Services Music Division Strategic Planning NACO/SACO

Network Development and MARC Standards Office


Bibliographic production: New bibliographic records added to the database consisted of 3,517 scores, 16,561 sound recordings, and 2,730 books/ERs/Microforms. This totals 22,847 new bibliographic records added to the database.

Arrearage accomplishments: A total of 35,395 items were removed from the arrearage as follows: CDs (33,984); LPs (348); 78s (38); 45s (125); 10" reels (224); and cassettes (676).

Bibliographic maintenance and auxiliary statistics: 9,078 bibliographic records were

modified. 7,577 authority records were added to the database and 3,607 authority records

were modified. In addition, 16 class numbers were established and 3 class numbers were


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Introduction: Note that processing simplifications have occurred on two tracks: The first represents a reduction in the amount of information included in cataloging records, e.g., the use of encoding level 3 records without the addition of name or subject headings. The second track represents the development of software enabling efficient Z39.50 searching and record import. Included are non-MARC interfaces for imported or original brief record creation ? followed by automated production of the MARC records.

CD Brief Workflow: During the first three months of FY06, popular music CDs were

processed via a combination of technician copy cataloging and brief record creation. The

copy cataloging workflows proved too slow to maintain currency and so in Jan. 2006

MSR3 moved to 100% brief record production. Using proprietary software developed by

MBRS/SMCD, the MSR teams produced brief bibliographic records (encoding level 3)

with full contents notes. This enabled the Division to regain currency, clearing the

mounting backlog of popular music receipts from the MBRS shelves.

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Leased Metadata: Beginning in January 2006, the MSR teams began a pilot to create bibliographic records for popular music CDs with metadata leased from the All Music Guide services of All Media Guide, LLC. LC receives weekly updates to the AMG CD database. With MBRS/SMCD-developed software, the technicians locate and import AMG metadata and output the result into a Voyager MARC encoding level 3 record. While the data must be massaged to meet our own input standards and needs, this process will all but eliminate the need for original keying of a massive quantity of data, including contents notes. See also All Media Guide (AMG) Workflow . Though the number of records is small right now, a sample may be viewed by searching LCCN 2007571490.

CD Sorter & CD Add: Developed in Library Services, the CD Sorter software allows

the user to quickly identify second or surplus copies, and efficiently creates holding and

item records when a copy must be added. SMCD has begun using this software in order

to weed out added copies as much as possible from the general CD receipts from MBRS,

freeing technicians to spend more time creating records for items not already in the


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New Sound Recording Formats Guidelines: In order to address the burgeoning

problems of cataloging new and hybrid sound recording formats, SMCD, in consultation

with MBRS, CPSO, and OCLC, documented guidelines for LC catalogers and

technicians. These guidelines include instructions for various CD, DVD, and Electronic

Resource formats most of which have begun to appear over the last three years. Though

originally designed as an LCRI, the need for efficient and timely updating of the

document has caused CPSO to mount the guidelines at the following address:

. Though there will be links via Cataloger's

Desktop to this document from the appropriate rules in Chapter 6 of AACR2, the

document is currently available to the public at this URL.

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Series and collected works (new treatment): The MSR catalogers and the Music Division requested CPSO to maintain the status quo for items classed in M2 and M3 as a fundamental requirement for responsible access. As a result, materials in these classes are exempt from the general series treatment guidelines issued by the Library of Congress in 2006. These materials will be analyzed in full (for volumes which are analyzable) and classed as a collection.

CDMV Project: Multi-volume CDs were cataloged in FY06 in three distinct projects:

CDMV (one MSR technician and one MSR cataloger in Nov. 2006 and those

cataloging in other projects later on);

CDMV2 (four Computer File catalogers and one MSR cataloger);

CDMV3 (four Junior Fellows and one MSR cataloger).

A total of 1,652 records were completed. An additional 1,935 second copies and surplus

CDs were processed. This resulted in the clearing of 3,587 CDs from the vault.

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Choral Music Octavos: 364 brief records were created for choral music octavos and Christmas cantatas, deposited under copyright 407 regulations. This work was done by one MSR cataloger, during the authorized overtime period in August and September. Most of this music had second copies, resulting in the clearing of over 700 pieces of music from the large collection of uncataloged "407 copyright deposits."

Elimination of Book Backlog: In September 2006, two special projects were created to clear the book backlog as part of the Library Services-wide effort to address large caches of work-on-hand.

Do Not Acquire Project: Two Music Division selecting officials reviewed the

backlog, identifying ca. 250 items to be removed from the MSR cataloging

stream. Of these, 192 were sent to MDEP (Materials Duplication and Exchange

Program). Those with IBC records were processed as "Do not acquire,"

following standard procedures. Over 40 books were routed to other divisions. An

additional 15 books await special "Do not acquire" treatment via RLIN.

Encoding Level 3 Workflow for Music Books: The MSR teams developed a

special copy cataloging project designed to clear the shelves of older books, many

in obscure languages or on obscure topics. Copy was imported from OCLC or

RLIN, mostly by technicians. The encoding level was set at 3 to avoid "bumping"

records in the utilities. Cataloging was considered minimal level: neither the

descriptive nor subject cataloging was reviewed, and no headings were created.

Class numbers were added where not already present. There was not a huge

number of books available for this treatment; approximately 106 titles were added

to Voyager during the 5 working days this project continued.

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Card Catalogs Inventory Project: Music catalogers examined the Music Card Catalogs

in four separate initiatives over FY06:

A limited examination of the relation of the shelf list to the actual titles in the

Music Division stacks. The areas selected were specific music theory classes for

melody and thoroughbass. 90% of the titles had some sort of record on Voyager

(Nov. 2005);

Prepared a brief document concerning a possible retrospective conversion of the

Music Division card catalogs for the Acting Chief of the Music Division;

A brief study was done to examine the catalogs in the Performing Arts Reading

Room (PARR) in order to determine the number of titles not represented in

Voyager (July 2006);

An extensive sampling of all six PARR card catalogs and the SMCD shelflist was

searched in Voyager and in OCLC. It identified scores as the largest group of

materials needing online access. This sampling (Sept. 2006) produced the

statistics necessary to begin serious consideration and potential designs for a

possible retrospective conversion project.

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Music Division Special Collections records added to Voyager: (Apr.-May 2006) MSR catalogers provided 162 records for individual special collections in the Music Division. The bibliographic records for these collections have hyperlinks to online finding aids. This effort enabled the Music Division to include these collections as part of its initial offerings for its online Performing Arts Encyclopedia.

OvOp Sound Recordings: As one of the September Production Only Month projects, MSR 1-3 catalogers completed cataloging for 318 sound recordings from the overseas offices. This effort has reduced the OvOp sound recording backlog by half. In the future, National Audiovisual Conservation Center (NAVCC) staff will complete the cataloging for many of these items.

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