Current Issues with Cataloging Printed Music: Challenges Facing Staff and Systems

Meg Fisher, Pauline Rafferty*

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This paper explores the challenges currently faced by music cataloguers, with particular regard to their training and the systems they work with. It asks whether music catalogers feel they have enough support and training to do their work; it investigates the skills they require, and how they might be taught. It also examines whether systems need to be adapted to suit printed music. The project focuses on staff responsible for cataloging printed music at music libraries in the UK (public, academic, legal deposit and specialist). Here, the term “cataloger” refers to any member of staff who catalogs printed music.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-117
Number of pages27
JournalCataloging and Classification Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2023


  • cataloging printed music
  • Cataloging research
  • cataloging training


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