It’s All Subjective: Modern Subject Analysis
Virtual meeting via Zoom
Program: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
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Friday, November 19, 2021
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Links to PowerPoint slides:
- “About” Is What It’s About! / Rocki Strader
- Underrepresented Collections… / Linda Bagley, Clara Burns, Kelsey A. Fuller
- Ghost in the MARChine / Leonard “Leo” Martin
This meeting will be recorded for the purpose of review by attendees; only those members who submit the registration fee will be provided with the link after the meeting. NOTSL is pleased to welcome the following speakers and their presentations.
“About” Is What It’s About! The State of Subject Access
Presented by Rocki Strader, an associate professor in the Bibliographic Initiatives Department of The Ohio State University Libraries
This presentation is an overview and discussion of recent and current issues in subject access. Topics include: Expressing “Aboutness”: Keywords, natural language, controlled vocabularies, and facets: What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Resource Description and Access: Why doesn’t it include guidance on subject access points? Ethics in cataloging (including the “Illegal aliens” controversy): What are the implications for building and maintaining controlled vocabularies? The presenter will also include a brief description of her experience as co-chair for two years of the ALCTS CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee. Please bring your questions and comments (and even complaints!) for an audience-interactive conversation about the subject of subjects.
Rocki Strader is an associate professor in the Bibliographic Initiatives Department of The Ohio State University Libraries. Her functional areas are serving as authorities librarian, catalog maintenance coordinator, and western languages cataloging coordinator. She supervises and manages the workflows for cataloging in English and western European languages and oversees creation and processing of name and subject headings, which are contributed to national files maintained by the Library of Congress and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.
Underrepresented Collections in the Howard B. Waltz Music Library
Presented by Linda Bagley, Music Cataloging Specialist; Clara Burns, Music Copy Cataloger, University of Colorado, Boulder; and Kelsey A. Fuller, Ph.D., Ethnomusicology
The presentation begins by thinking about the description of music materials outside the western musical canon after becoming involved in a related project. They describe how University of Colorado Boulder developed respectful and accurate descriptors for undocumented immigrants in the United States in lieu of adoption by the Library of Congress of recommended amendments to inappropriate and biased descriptors, as a number of university library technical services departments, including CU Boulder Libraries, have done. As music catalogers who work almost entirely with a wide variety of music materials, they demonstrate that there was scope to improve what is frequently a biased description of musical expressions outside the western canon by including language that reflects the quality and specificity of the music described.
Linda Bagley is the Music Cataloging Specialist at the University of Colorado Boulder where she is responsible for original cataloging, complex copy cataloging, as well as database maintenance for music materials. Professionally, she participates in the NACO-Music Project and is a member of the Content Standards Subcommittee of the Music Library Association’s Cataloging and Metadata Committee. Prior to working at CU Boulder, Linda completed an M.A. in Library and Information Studies and an M.M. in Violin Performance at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her cataloging interests include the future of digital media in libraries (particularly the cataloging and processing of digital scores and streaming audio) as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in libraries.
Clara Burns works at the University of Colorado, Boulder as a Music Copy Cataloger and Processing Lead. In addition, she processes serials, receives new materials and prepares items for binding, supervises student employees for Technical Services, evaluates materials for preservation, and provides periodic reference assistance at Norlin Library.
Kelsey A. Fuller completed her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Colorado in December 2020. Her dissertation, Sounding Sápmi in Multimedia: Gender, Politics and Indigenous Solidarity in Contemporary Sámi Music, explores the role of popular music in political activism and social commentary of the Indigenous peoples of northern Scandinavia. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Scandinavian Studies at Augustana College and working in the Swenson Center for Swedish Immigration Research and Archive, as well as working as a guest researcher on an international collaborative project featuring Indigenous Sámi and Ainu artists from Sweden and Japan entitled Humans & Soil.
Ghost in the MARChine: Pseudonymity and Anonymity Usage in Electronica Music Sound Recordings
Presented by Leonard “Leo” Martin, Resource Description Librarian for Unique Formats and Materials at University of Houston Libraries
This presentation will discuss trends in pseudonymity and anonymity usage throughout the 2010s by various electronic music producers. Case studies include Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Ramona Xavier (Vektroid), 2814 (Musical group), Death’s Dynamic Shroud (a joint pseudonym), and others. Afterwards is a discussion on constructing name authority records (NARs) for persons with pseudonyms, and assigning genre/form terms for sound recordings by their respective artists. The presentation concludes by breaking down the submission process for “Vaporwave (Music)” for inclusion in Library of Congress Genre/Form Thesaurus, and recent developments in implementing Wikidata in authority records and bibliographic records.
Leonard “Leo” Martin is the Resource Description Librarian for Unique Formats and Materials at University of Houston Libraries. Leo’s research interests include metadata description & access, and the development of modern musical microgenres. He is also an active member of the Music Librarian Association (MLA) and Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG). Leo received both his undergraduate degree in Music Education and masters degree in Library Information and Science from the University of North Texas. He previously worked at the New England Conservatory of Music as their Catalog Librarian.