Using Controlled Vocabulary in Music Cataloging eCourse

Using Controlled Vocabulary in Music Cataloging eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

$250.00
Item Number:
1541-9454
Dates: 
From:  January 6, 2020
To:  February 2, 2020
Delivery Method: 
Asynchronous
Credentials: 
Attendance Cert.
Duration: 
4 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
24 Hours
Publisher: 
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
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For many years, music catalogers depended on Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) for controlled vocabulary terminology, which meant that we couldn’t always tell our patrons what to expect from a resource unless we used a number of creative workarounds.

The music cataloging community has worked for several years to develop new vocabularies that can help us be more specific in our catalog records and create records that will function better in an online environment. To that end, vocabularies like the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms (LCGFT) and the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music (LCMPT) have been created, and LCSH has been refined.

Over the course of four weeks, this eCourse will introduce you to LCGFT, LCMPT, LCSH, and other important music-controlled vocabularies. For those new to the field or who need a review, this eCourse will cover the basics of assigning terms.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the differences between major controlled vocabularies for music.
  • Search controlled vocabularies and apply applicable terms for resources.
  • Record controlled vocabulary terms and codes in the correct place in bibliographic records encoded in MARC.

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on January 6, 2020. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. 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 4-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.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Dr. Sonia Archer-Capuzzo

Dr. Sonia Archer-Capuzzo is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Library and Information Science Department at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she teaches information organization and cataloging courses and Music Librarianship. She serves as the Practicum Liaison for the department, helping students design practicums and find sites for their field experience. Sonia previously worked as a cataloger and now teaches cataloging workshops, webinars, and e-courses for ALA Publishing, the Music Library Association, the State Library of North Carolina, and other organizations.

Music Library Association (MLA)

Founded in 1931, Music Library Association (MLA) is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and all aspects of music materials in libraries. MLA provides a professional forum for librarians, archivists, and others who support and preserve the world's musical heritage.

If you have any questions about this eCourse, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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Accommodations are offered based on user needs. For transcription or other accessibility requests, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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