Music Cataloging Bulletin Editor Annual Report 2020

submitted by Kirk-Evan Billet

Current Roster

  • Kirk-Evan Billet, Music Cataloging Bulletin editor (term expiration 2025)

List of Previous Goals and Progress Made

  • Publish twelve monthly issues of the Music Cataloging Bulletin and annual index.
    • Twelve monthly issues of the Music Cataloging Bulletin were published, along with the annual index. Bulletin content included changes to the LC/NACO authority file, changes and additions to the Library of Congress classification schedules, changes and additions to Library of Congress controlled vocabularies (including LCSH, LCGFT, and LCMPT), changes and additions to MLA’s Types of Composition for Use in Authorized Access Points for Music, changes and additions to MLA’s Thematic Indexes Used in Library of Congress NACO Authority Files, announcements from the Music Division of the Library of Congress, announcements from various subcommittees of the CMC, reports from MLA’s annual meeting, reports from CMC liaisons to the ALA midwinter and ALA annual meetings, and questions/answers on music cataloging.
  • Investigate digitizing Music Cataloging Bulletin volumes 14-23 and transferring them to the MLA Archives.
    • Outgoing editor Chris Holden continued assembling and digitizing issues for transfer to the MLA Archives, completing work on volumes 13-20 before work was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Holden plans to complete this project with the digitization of the remaining volumes (21 24), at which point the entire publication, going back to volume 1, will have been preserved for posterity.
  • Transition smoothly to a new editor for the Music Cataloging Bulletin.
    • Outgoing editor Chris Holden participated in the search for a new editor and then provided orientation and training to new editor Kirk-Evan Billet for a smooth transition.

List of Future Goals

  • Publish twelve monthly issues of the Music Cataloging Bulletin.
  • Publish annual index.
  • Transfer issues of the Music Cataloging Bulletin to the MLA Archives.
  • Evaluate accessibility of Music Cataloging Bulletin issues.