Early registration will end on January 15, 2019. Online registration is provided by A-R Editions through the Music Library Association website, and does require login information. For those who are not members of MLA but would like to register for MOUG, please contact the MLA Business Office at or 608-836-5825. If you are registering for MOUG only, chose line 08-Convention 2019 None (already registered or pre-conference only). The price will be $0.00. In the next screen, select your MOUG registration category (member, student, para-professional, etc.).

2019 MOUG Registration rates

Type Cost
Early, member $90.00
Early, Student $45.00
Early, Para-professional $45.00
Early, Retiree $45.00
Early, Non-salaried or Part-time $45.00
Early, First-time Attendee $45.00
Early, non-member $120.00
Early, single day, member $70.00
Early, single day, non-member $100.00
Late, member $140.00
Late, Student $95.00
Late, Para-professional $95.00
Late, Retiree $95.00
Late, Non-salaried or Part-time $95.00
Late, First-time attendee $95.00
Late, Non-member $170.00
Late, Single day, member $95.00
Late, Single day, non-member $125.00


Tuesday, February 19th



Registration (Depot Registration Office)




Better, Not Perfect: Cataloging and Data Manipulation Strategies for Improving OCLC Records for Licensed Digital Resources

James Soe Nyun, Kurt Hanselman (University of California-San Diego)

In an age of libraries licensing digital content, institutions are often faced with
providing title-level catalog access to streaming resources in very large licensed vendor packages. Vendors may provide MARC records for their resources, and libraries may also devise bibliographic descriptions for titles they have licensed. The quality of the records ranges from occasionally excellent to frequently problematic. The immense scale of some of the larger resources, frequently thousands to tens of thousands individual titles, precludes patient traditional cataloging strategies that would make every record perfect; instead, ways need to be developed to make what improvements are possible when processing titles in larger batches. The Music & Media Metadata Unit of the University of California, San Diego’s Metadata Services Program has taken an active interest in developing ways to make improvements to these catalog records and share our cataloging work with the larger cataloging community. This presentation will share some of our title-level and batch processes that incorporate work in Connexion and increasingly MarcEdit, and hopefully inspire other libraries to participate at a network level in improving these records.


OCLC Music Toolkit

Casey Mullin (Western Washington University)
Gary Strawn (Northwestern University)


Break (Coffee and Tea)


Bound for Glory: Cataloging Bound Sheet Music for the 21st Century

Andrea Cawelti (Harvard University)
Robert Cunnningham (Boston Public Library)

Rising with the popularity of printed music, “binders’ volumes” became a particularly important and popular cultural artifact from the concluding decades of the eighteenth-century, well into the twentieth. Since the beginning, these volumes have presented a conundrum to librarians: how does one deal with a compilation of different musical works? Can cataloging techniques help researchers unlock the riches of these volumes? Bound sheet music illuminates numerous aspects of society including material and artistic culture, economics, legal procedures, local activity, politics, and provenance. Retaining their context can aid researchers seeking source material concerning many under-represented groups.




The New RDA Toolkit: Everything Has Changed – Or Has It?

Kathy Glennan (University of Maryland)

AbstractKathy Glennan, chair of the RDA Steering Committee, will discuss the evolution of the new RDA Toolkit and what music catalogers need to do to prepare for its implementation.


Ask Everything: Combining Hot Topics, Ask OCLC, and Ask LC


Break (Cookies and Lemonade)


MOUG Business Meeting

Wednesday, February 20th


Registration (Depot Registration Office)


An Evolutionary Legacy in A/V Arrangement

Michelle Hahn (Indiana University)

The De Lerma classification scheme, developed by a music librarian at Indiana University, arranges audio and audiovisual recordings according to the most significant and pervasive characteristics most likely to connect interested users with desired recordings. With the potential for browsing in a way that matches both the Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classification schemes, De Lerma is capable of organization by creators, participants, mediums of performance, and genres. Its home-grown nature allows for easy adaptation to user and collection needs at a local level. Creativity and modularity mixed with standardization means that the De Lerma classification scheme remains a living system with room for growth.

Descriptive Music and Media Classification

Madan Mohan (Forest School of Music)

This presentation introduces the framework for a new classification and shelving schema to access all music sound recordings. It highlights the downside of LC, Dewey, & ANSCR classification along with shelving schemas that produce complicated or impractical call numbers. Our objective is to classify music and media materials using language that is easily understood by non-music catalogers, a system with call numbers easily understood by musicians and regular patrons. The sole purpose of Descriptive Music and Media Classification (DMMC) is to find a pragmatic approach that derives composition of call numbers or abbreviations used in music. This new sound recording schema could be applied to music scores with small additions to the call numbers produced for recordings. This is a proposal for a new classification system that could be developed not only for sound recordings and scores, but to all media. The scope and research in developing DMMC for all media would help to better serve our users and improve search methodologies to access materials without staff assistance.


Break (Coffee and Tea)


WorldCat Interface Design: Behind the Scenes

Jay Halloway (OCLC)
Jay Weitz (OCLC)
Nara Newcomer (University of Missouri-Kansas City


User interface design is challenging – especially for music. Some challenges come from the user experience side: identifying priorities, determining what really is best for users, or balancing conflicting use cases. Other challenges come from the metadata itself, which may be inconsistent, absent, or not structured in a way that easily meets identified user needs. The specific systems in use present additional challenges. This session will explore the inner workings of OCLC’s WorldCat database and its public interfaces, the approaches the OCLC team uses, and how attendees can contribute via MOUG’s Reference, Discovery, and Collections work.


Discovery Services Update

Jay Halloway (OCLC)
Nara Newcomer (University of Missouri-Kansas City

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