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A workshop on authority control

Cataloguing & Indexing Group

CILIP HQ, Ridgmount St, London
Friday 23 October 2009

Organised by CIG and co-ordinated by UKOLN



Registration/ Coffee

14:00-14:30 Introduction to authority control

Resource discovery: authority control from the user perspective
Anne Welsh
Lecturer in Library & Information Studies University College London
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]


Authority Control in practice

Retrospective authority control
Helen Williams
London School of Economics

Towards the end of 2005 LSE decided to clean up the inconsistencies that had developed in the Library catalogue records over the previous 70 years.  Three years and many hours work later, this presentation details the planning, technical processes, problems and outcomes of both the outsourced and in-house authority control work that was undertaken to achieve this.
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]

Cooperative name authority data - the LC/NACO Authority File
Hugh Taylor
Head, Collection Development and Description, Cambridge University Library

Effective authority control requires, amongst other things, a pool of authority data with which to work. NACO, the cooperative name authority effort, has been operating since 1977. British libraries have been members since the mid-1990s. Learn what the LC/NACO Authority File is, how it's created, and why it continues to be the single most important source of authoritative headings for use in bibliographic data.
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]

15:30-16:00 Coffee

Future developments

Putting names to it all:  FRAD, ISNI, RDA, VIAF automation and the future

Alan Danskin
Metadata & Bibliographic Standards Coordinator, British Library

Historically the focus of authority control has been on printed books.  Can this be justified in the world of blogs, pre-prints and institutional repositories?  However, expanding authority control to journal articles, theses, web resources and learning objects is a huge challenge.  Can authority control activities be automated and will new models and standards help?
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]