Advanced Topics in Authority Work and Authority Records (SEFLIN)

This two-hour live online class reviews the purpose of authority work and authority records and the basic structure of the MARC authority record.

This two-hour live online class builds upon LYRASIS’s “Basics of Authority Work and Authority Records” with a more in-depth look at the MARC authority record for names, subjects, and titles, discussing fields beyond those for the authorized entry and references, as well as fixed field coding. We’ll look at the OCLC MARC authority record, and current practices within the U.S. library community with respect to authority control and authority work will be discussed. Time will be available for concerns and questions about bibliographic database “cleanup” and ongoing authority control in the catalog.

The rules formulating headings for personal names, corporate names, geographic names, subjects and titles will not be addressed in depth in this class.

Practice and readings may be provided for participants to complete on their own.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the class, students will:

  • Have a broader knowledge of the MARC authority record
  • Be familiar with the leader and fixed field in a MARC authority record
  • Understand the role of the Library of Congress and NACO (the Name Authority Cooperative) in authority control processes in the U.S. and internationally

Staff from Florida libraries may register for this workshop at no charge. Priority will be given to SEFLIN members. Non-members will be placed on a waiting list and added as space permits after the registration deadline.

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