Kathy Glennan

Librarian IV

Director, Cataloging and Metadata Services

Collection & Metadata Services

University of Maryland Libraries

Kathy Glennan currently serves as the Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services, managing all aspects of cataloging and metadata for the UMD Libraries’ digital and physical resources. She also is UMD’s NACO Coordinator. She has over 35 years of experience cataloging scores and audio recordings, commencing in 1985 with a one-year NEH grant funded position at the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, then located at the University of Southern California. She subsequently became USC’s music cataloger, a specialization she held until moving to a similar position at the University of Maryland in 2005. She holds a master’s degree in Library Science from UCLA, and a B.A. with Distinction in Music from Swarthmore College.

Nationally, Kathy is a member of the Music Library Association (MLA), where she has served as a member and later as the chair of: the MARC Formats Subcommittee, the Descriptive Cataloging Subcommittee, and the Bibliographic Control Committee. She became active in ALA, serving for four years as the MLA liaison to MARBI (the Machine Readable Bibliographic Information Committee), and later on CC:DA (the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access), as a liaison or as a voting member for over fourteen years. She also served as a member of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s Standing Committee on Standards for a three-year term. In 2012, she chaired the Task Group to Formulate or Recommend PCC/NACO RDA Policy on Authority Issues.

Since 2005, Kathy’s professional contributions and scholarship have focused on the development of RDA: Resource Description and Access, with a special emphasis on music cataloging instructions. Based on her expertise and ability to grapple with issues beyond those affecting music resources, she was appointed to two task groups for the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC): the Appendices Working Group and the RDA/MARC Working Group.

In recognition of her contributions and leadership skills, she served as the ALA Representative to the JSC (later renamed the RDA Steering Committee, or RSC) from 2013-2017. In this role, she interpreted RDA instructions, identified problems, and shepherded change proposals from ALA to improve RDA. She also contributed to the implementation of a new governance model for RDA, including the establishment of the North American RDA Committee, for which she served as a founding member in 2018. In late 2017, the RDA Board appointed her the RSC Chair-Elect; she commenced her 4-year term as RSC Chair in January 2019.

Kathy has given numerous presentations on RDA, FRBR, LRM, and MARC Formats issues, including four ALCTS webinars relating to RDA; she also spoke during the 2017 ALCTS Exchange. Many of her RDA-related presentations are available on the RSC website. She authored an article in the March 2012 issue of the Music Library Association’s quarterly journal Notes, “The Development of Resource Description and Access and Its Impact on Music Materials.” She continues to speak about RDA to various professional organizations throughout the country and internationally. In June 2018, she received an ALCTS Presidential Citation recognizing “her outstanding leadership, contributions, and service as the ALA Representative to the RSC; her willingness to provide informational and practical presentations on RDA to the broader cataloging community; and serving as an exceptional leader in the constantly evolving areas of description and metadata.”

Selected presentations

Aug. 30, 2021 RSC in 2021: An Operational Reboot
Presentation at NARDAC RDA Update Forum

Apr. 20, 2021 Global Standard, Local Choices — The New RDA Toolkit
Core webinar

Mar. 1, 2021 The New RDA Toolkit: How did we get here, and what do we do next?
Presentation at Joint Meeting of the Music Library Association and the Theatre Library Association

Nov. 12, 2020 LRM in the RDA Toolkit: An Overview
Keynote address at Tercer Coloquio sobre RDA en América Latina y el Caribe

Sept. 15, 2020 Ongoing RDA Development: What’s Next for the RSC?
Presentation at RDA in Europe Virtual Meeting

Aug. 3, 2020 3R is Almost Done – What’s Next?
Presentation at NARDAC RDA Update Forum

May 21, 2020 String Encoding Schemes: Community Choice in RDA
Presentation at Program for Cooperative Cataloging Operations Committee Meeting

May 19, 2020 RSC Chair Report to EURIG
Contains two parts: “Approaching aggregates” and “String encoding schemes”
Presentation at EURIG Annual Meeting

Feb. 26, 2020 RDA Beta Toolkit Workshop: From overview to creating linked data
Presentation at preconference for Music Library Association Annual Meeting

Jan. 25, 2020 Overview of the RSC Action Plan 2020-2022
Presentation at ALA Midwinter, RDA Forum

Aug. 21, 2019 Practical Implications: A Look at Cataloging a Book Using the New RDA [YouTube recording]
Presentation at IFLA World Library and Information Congress satellite meeting

June 22, 2019 Stable but not Unchanging: Next Steps for the Beta RDA Toolkit
Presentation at RDA Update Forum, ALA Annual 2019

May 10, 2019 Getting a Handle on the New RDA Toolkit
RDA Orientation Project webinar, presented with James Hennelly

May 2, 2019 RDA 3R Project – Stabilization Phase
and Demo: Using the Beta Toolkit to Catalog a Simple* Monograph
Presentations at Program For Cooperative Cataloging Operations Committee meeting

Feb. 2019  The New Expression of RDA (not RDA 2.0)
Presentation at Music Library Association Annual Meeting

Feb. 2019  The New RDA Toolkit: Everything Has Changed — or Has It?
Presentation at Music OCLC Users Group meeting

Jan. 2019    New Ways of Working? The RSC in the Post 3R Era
Presentation at RDA-sponsored meeting, ALA Midwinter 2019

Jan. 2019   Getting Beyond Beta
Presentation at RDA Update Forum, ALA Midwinter 2019

Nov. 2018   Evolution of the RDA Toolkit and Its Impact on Catalogers
Keynote address at Amigos Library Services online conference, The Future of Cataloging: RDA, Linked Data, and More

Oct. 2018   Recording Methods, Transcription, and Manifestation Statements
Presentation at half-day conference, The Redesigned RDA Toolkit: What You Need to Know to Get Ready, Montréal, Québec

June 2018   Using the New Toolkit: Creating a Personal Name “Authority Record”
You-tube version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZUbDbrE24I
Presentation at ALA Annual 2018 Preconference, A Practical Introduction to the New RDA Toolkit

May 2018    RDA: Communities, Communication, and Collaboration
Presentation at LD4 Workshop

Feb. 2018    RDA, Linked Data, and the 3R Project
Presentation at PCC Participants’ meeting, ALA Midwinter 2018

Feb. 2018    Instantiating LRM in RDA
Presentation at FRBR Interest Group meeting, ALA Midwinter 2018

Dec. 2017    Rethinking, Restructuring & Redesigning RDA
Presentation at Fall 2017 Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians meeting, The Road Ahead: Trends in Cataloging and Metadata

Nov. 2017    Update on the RDA 3R Project (slides) (recording)
ALCTS webinar

May 2017    RDA Toolkit 3R Project: Incorporating the 4-Fold Path 
Online presentation, given as part of the ALCTS Exchange

Jan. 2017     RDA Developments of Note
Presentation at Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access meeting, ALA Midwinter 2017

Mar. 2016   A Fresh Look at the Jim Henson Collection – Via RDA and Linked Data
Presentation at Music OCLC Users Group meeting

Feb. 2014    RDA: Revising, Developing and Assessing, or, How the Instructions Evolve
ALCTS webinar

Oct. 2011     RDA Basics: Scores
ALCTS webinar

Oct. 2011     RDA Basics: Sound Recordings
ALCTS webinar


Workshops (planned, facilitated, and presented)

Feb. 2020    RDA Beta Toolkit Workshop: From overview to creating linked data
4-hour preconference workshop for the Music Library Association

Feb. 2017    The Beat Goes On-athon: Creating Linked Data for Music with RIMMF
6-hour preconference workshop for the Music Library Association

Mar. 2016   RDA in Many Metadata Formats (RIMMF) and Linked Data: Lenny-a-thon!
1.5 hour hands-on session during Music Library Association Annual Meeting

Oct. 2012     RDA and Sound Recordings—A Cataloging Workshop
3 hour workshop, Music Library Association Atlantic Chapter Annual Meeting

Feb. 2011    RDA: A Hands-On Interaction
Music Library Association Annual Meeting Pre-conference
Glennan presentations:
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Extent, Carrier, Media, Content, Series 
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