RDA preconference at CLA Annual registration closes Friday 10/18 5pm


Back by popular demand!

Last year’s RDA pre-conference workshop was sold-out and we are happy to offer an updated RDA training workshop again!

Please join us for the 2013 California Library Association pre-conference workshop “Basic Cataloging with RDA,” presented by Luiz Mendes (CSU Northridge) and Kevin Balster (UCLA), sponsored by the CLA Technical Services Interest Group and co-sponsored by the CLA Chinese American Librarians Interest Group. The pre-conference workshop will be held on Sunday, November 3, from 8:30AM-4:30PM.

RDA, the new cataloging standard, was implemented by the Library of Congress on March 31, 2013, and California librarians are now challenged to implement and integrate RDA into their local catalogs. This workshop will offer a basic introduction to cataloging with RDA, will focus on print monographs, and will cover both description and access. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include use of tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA. Attendees will access the latest national documentation on policies, decisions, best practices, and training materials related to RDA. Through guided participatory exercises they will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed for the effective implementation and integration of RDA into the fabric of their libraries.

RDA pre-conference workshop pricing: $90 non-members: $65 members; $50 student members

Registration for the full CLA Conference is not required for (or included in) this pre-conference workshop, but if you plan to attend the CLA 2013 conference don’t forget that pre-registration is required, and ends at 5:00PM on Friday, October 18!

Please see the CLA Annual website for online registration information, or download the registration form as a PDF: 


Stephanie Roach
Vice Chair

Technical Services Interest Group
California Library Association

CLA Spring Fling: Music Cataloging Workshop Announcement

Cataloging Musical Scores and Sound Recordings Workshop

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Presented by CLA’s Technical Services Interest Group in partnership with the Music Library Association, Southern California Chapter

This workshop, part of the California Library Association (CLA) Spring Fling  program, is now open for registration at the CLA Spring Fling page. Space is limited, please sign up early!

Date: Friday, April 13, 2012
Time: 8:30am-noon, 1:00pm-4:30pm
Location: John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, Room B526, CSU Los Angeles and online via WebEx

Workshop content

This full-day workshop will focus on cataloging notated music and musical sound recordings.
Presenters will give overviews of the issues unique to musical formats, followed by discussions of how these general principles are dealt with in AACR2. Basic RDA principles will then be presented, with a focus on areas dealing with notated music and musical sound recordings.
Presenters will focus on the cataloging rules and give a brief introduction to some of the peculiarities of print scores and audio formats. The instruction format will allow time for attendees to work on problems and ask questions of the instructors.

Registration opens February 27, 2012

Attendees may register to participate in person or online. Registration deadline is April 6, 2012. Complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided during breaks for in-person attendees.

Early bird registration / After March 30

$95 / $120
$70 / $95 CLA or MLA member
$40 / $65 Student Member


Nancy Lorimer, Head of Music Technical Services, Stanford University
John Redford, Music and Media Librarian, Biola University
Hermine Vermeij, Music Cataloger, UCLA

Speaker description:

Nancy Lorimer holds a BMus, Music History and MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, and an MMus from the University of Edinburgh. She is former Chair of the Bibliographic Control Committee of the Music Library Association (MLA), and is currently a member of the Subject Access Subcommittee and Form/Genre Task Force in MLA and Chair of the Northern California Chapter of MLA. At Stanford, she is responsible for the acquisition and cataloging of music materials in all formats. Along with other Stanford catalogers, she currently performs all her original cataloging using RDA and recently began training a participant in the NACO music funnel in RDA headings.

John Redford holds a BMus from the University of Glasgow, an MM from the University of Redlands, a DMA from the University of Arizona, and an MLIS from San Jose State University. His responsibilities at Biola include copy and original cataloging of music and non-print materials, music collection development, reference and bibliographic instruction. He serves as an adjunct professor of piano literature and has also taught a music research methods course.

Hermine Vermeij holds an MLIS from UCLA and a BA in Music from UC Santa Cruz. She currently chairs the Music Library Association (MLA) Subject Access Subcommittee and is the MLA liaison to the ALA Subject Analysis Committee. She is active in genre/form projects within both MLA and ALA. In 2010 she participated as part of the MLA/OLAC group in the U.S. National Libraries RDA Test, cataloging scores and sound recordings using RDA. At UCLA she catalogs material for the Music Library as well as social sciences monographs in German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Icelandic, and Tagalog.

Program Contacts:

Bie-hwa Ma
UC San Diego Libraries

Stephanie Roach
John F. Kennedy University Libraries



This workshop is part of CLA’s Spring Fling program series:
training, networking and more!

Workshop Flyer – PDF

Fall 2010 at SJSU SLIS: Week 2

Much better than week 1. Much, much better. Sigh of relief.

I’ve turned in my first assignment, read the required readings, and feel settled into the fall semester. I’m way more organized and finally can get a grip. The major hiccup for me during week 2 was the discovery of a vampire novella, Dinner With a Vampire. Did I mention I’m Vegetarian?, available online at Wattpad, an eBook community. I only have Twitter to blame for alerting me to the story in 140 characters or less (and myself, of course, for following the link, retweeting it myself, and getting sucked in). I spent a day obsessively reading a story about a teenage girl who is kidnapped by hot teenage vampires. Seriously, this gives the traditional captivity narrative a new twist. Twisted, but fun. Seriously guilty pleasure. I had to cut myself off, though. I haven’t finished reading it, so I still don’t know how it ends. Does she get away? Does she get turned into a vampire? Is it all a dream? Who knows. Maybe I’ll read more for Labor Day. Gotta love three day weekends. Although, three day weekends have little meaning in the online classes environment. I mean, my assignment was due Sunday night. Weekend-interruptus syndrome. Oh well.

As for school, I’ve been thinking about my research methods course. I’ll have to write a research proposal this semester which I may link to my summer internship at GTU. I interned at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library and did a lot of research on copyright issues for pre-1972 sound recordings. I’d like to find out how other organizations are handling this issue, and specifically if the complexity of intellectual property law for this particular class of resources does indeed hamper efforts at digitization and digital preservation. Of course, I don’t know what research if any exists on this topic, but I expect if this becomes my topic, I will soon find out. I also know from experience how daunting the intellectual property issues are.

I’ll be refining my research proposal idea over the coming week. I’m sure I’ll have more to add by then.

As for other projects, not much progress yet. My fall internship for Bancroft Library in Berkeley still hasn’t started. My ePortfolio (thesis project) is slow going, but at least it is going. And I plug away little by little at understanding and using RDA to catalog with MARC. All of these will be ramping up soon, and I will be very very busy.

Holy moly. This fall semester is going to be nuts. But oh, how I like me some nuts!

Who is LIS Lady?

Stephanie Roach: The LIS Lady

Stephanie Roach: The LIS Lady

LIS Lady. L-I-S for Library and Information Science, and Lady for lady (although I suppose that depends on one’s meaning of the word…I am not always lady-like). So, LIS Lady is me.

My name is Stephanie Roach, and I am a LIS student at San Jose State University. I will graduate with a master’s degree in December, and at that point, I will be entering the professional world, where I hope to information science it up with the best of them. In the mean time though, I have a busy summer planned, and this blog will begin there.

I am busy with a few projects this summer: 1) I’m the digitization intern at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library (on the GTU campus in Berkeley, CA); 2) I’m an official student tester for the emerging RDA (Resource Description & Access); 3) I’m preparing for my culminating master’s project: the e-Portfolio; 4) I’d like to submit a paper for publication; and 5) I have to fit some day to day living and enjoyment into the mix!

So this summer, I am a busy bee…and hopefully I will stick to it and meet my goals! It is definitely going to be an adventure.


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