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 particular.  

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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