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Hit the Ground Running! RDA Training for Music Catalogers: Homework

A guide to the RDA Preconference at the Music Library Association 2013 meeting.


1. What does WEMI stand for, using FRBR terminology?

2. What is the WEMI term for the tangible resource being cataloged in a bibliographic record?

3. Which chapter in RDA does the above principally correspond to? That is, which chapter would be a good place to start when looking for instructions on what information to include in a bibliographic record for a score or CD on your desk?

4. If you have an audio recording of a performance of a musical work, which level of WEMI does the performer's name pertain to?

5. If you have a score of an arrangement of a musical work, which level of WEMI does the new instrumentation pertain to?

Resource Description

1. Supply the 336, 337, and 338 fields for a typical print score, using $ to denote the delimiter sign.

2. Supply the 336, 337, and 338 fields for a musical audio recording on compact disc, using $ to denote the delimiter sign.

3. Supply the RDA instruction numbers and names that correspond to MARC 336, 337, and 338. (Hint: You can use the MARC to RDA mapping in the Tools tab of the Toolkit.)

4. As a result of an instruction in RDA 7.13 (Form of Notation), what note will we now see in every bibliographic record for a score? Provide the text of the note (for a typical modern published score), as well as the correct MARC field and subfield.

5. Conversely, what note that we have been accustomed to seeing in every bibliographic record for a compact disc will not appear under RDA? (Hint: The answer is embedded in the question!)

Providing Access

1. What famous "rule" in AACR2 is no longer a part of RDA?

2. RDA allows for the recording of work and expression attributes as separate elements. For musical works, name 3 MARC fields that have been created specifically for musical work attributes.

3. When recording medium of performance in an authorized access point, name at least one major change in RDA that will affect the construction of the medium statement.

4. What is the "key" difference in recording key in RDA as opposed to AACR2?

5. When an authorized access point is created for a libretto that was used in an opera, whose name is used as the preferred name in the authorized access point?