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Cataloging Music Resources in RDA eCourse
Dr. Sonia Archer-Capuzzo
Item Number: 1541-9108
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $175.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning June 5, 2017 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourse facilitated by Dr. Sonia Archer-Capuzzo

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • Recognize the primary traits of RDA records for music resources. (Bloom’s Taxonomy: Knowledge, Comprehension)
  • Apply RDA rules to music resources to create original records for scores, sound recordings, and video recordings.(Bloom’s Taxonomy: Application, Synthesis)
  • Identify the differences between Works, Expressions, Manifestations, and Items and how those differences affect cataloging of music materials. (Bloom’s Taxonomy: Analysis)
  • Interpret the instructions in RDA Toolkit in order to create high-quality catalog records for music resources. (Bloom’s Taxonomy: Evaluation)

Are you struggling with cataloging music in your library? The latest release of RDA: Resource Description and Access, on February 7, 2015, now includes the addition of Music Library Association's Best Practices for Music Cataloging (MLA BP). ALA Publishing presents this popular returning eCourse, Cataloging Music Resources in RDA facilitated by Sonia Archer-Capuzzo, which explores the unique challenges of cataloging music resources and focuses on how RDA Toolkit meets these challenges. More and more libraries are making the switch to RDA cataloging, and training like this becomes more important to the process.

You will come out of this eCourse with a strong foundation in music cataloging with RDA that you can use more confidently and successfully, no matter what type of resources you wish to describe. Music cataloging adds yet another degree of complexity—scores or recordings are often more complicated and RDA handles most of these challenges better than AACR2. Archer-Capuzzo will teach you how to navigate the RDA cataloging standard to find these solutions. This course is perfect for both new and seasoned catalogers who need to create records for music resources using RDA.

This 4-week eCourse includes scores, audio recordings, and a brief overview of video recordings. To be successful in this eCourse, you will be expected to understand cataloging practices and the basic tenets of RDA, FRBR, and MARC prior to starting the course. Throughout the weeks, you’ll delve into the details of description, preferred titles, authorized access points, and relationships. Each week will consist of a combination of readings, pre-recorded lectures, interactive hands-on activities, and discussions between Archer-Capuzzo and your classmates. This course will provide you with a network with whom to interact and learn from—a support system for one another to help explain concepts in different ways, point out helpful resources, and provide encouragement.

eCourse Outline

Week 1

  • Unique problems of music cataloging
  • FRBR, FRAD, RDA, MARC, and music
  • Discussion
  • Hands-on practice

Week 2

  • Manifestation and Item: Scores cataloging
  • Discussion
  • Hands-on practice

Week 3

  • Manifestation and Item: Audio recordings cataloging
  • Manifestation and Item: A quick overview of video recording cataloging
  • Discussion
  • Hands-on practice

Week 4

  • Identifying Works and Expressions for music resources
  • Preferred Titles
  • Relationships
  • Discussion
  • Hands-on practice
  • Wrap-up

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on June 5, 2017. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Dr. Sonia Archer-Capuzzo will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructor

Dr. Sonia Archer-Capuzzo is a cataloger, lecturer, and librarian. She holds an MLIS and a DMA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she currently teaches as a lecturer for the Library and Information Studies Department. As a cataloger, Dr. Archer-Capuzzo has worked in AACR2 and RDA and has cataloged numerous formats, including scores, audio recordings, videos, serials, and objects. She provides RDA training throughout the southeast United States, including workshops for the Southeast Music Library Association, the North Carolina State Library, and the Northeast Florida Library Information Network. 


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