I'm pleased to announce that the MLA Bibliographic Control Committee has
been re-envisioned and reorganized. The new name of the committee is the
MLA Cataloging and Metadata Committee (CMC). The goal of the BCC
reorganization is to ensure that the committee structure reflects current
changes and trends in librarianship and music cataloging/metadata in

Prior to the MLA Annual Meeting in February, the BCC committee and
subcommittee members discussed the reorganization and came up with a
proposal for the MLA Board, which was approved and took effect on March 1.
The report to the Board, which includes the charges for the new committees,
is available here: BCC reorg report to MLA Board

The new Cataloging and Metadata Committee is composed of three
subcommittees: Content Standards, Encoding Standards, and Vocabularies.
The Content Standards Subcommittee combines the membership of the former
Authorities and Descriptive Subcommittees.  The Encoding Standards
Subcommittee combines the membership of the former MARC Formats and
Metadata Subcommittees. The Vocabularies Subcommittee was renamed to
encompass the full spectrum of the subcommittee's work, including music
genre and medium of performance vocabularies, and other controlled
vocabularies as well.

CMC is gradually updating the online information about the committee to
reflect the new structure and tasks. You may continue to see the committee
listed as the Bibliographic Control Committee in some places for a few
weeks yet.

The idea of a BCC reorganization grew out of recommendations from the BCC
Review Task Force of 2012-2013. The Task Force's report
was approved by the MLA Board in February 2013.


Beth Iseminger
Chair, MLA Cataloging and Metadata Committee
Senior Music Catalog Librarian
Loeb Music Library, Harvard University
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