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Authority control in a library environment is the establishment and maintenance of consistent forms of names and terms to be used as authorized access points in records of the library catalog. Authorized access points must not only be consistent, each one must be unique. Traditional library practice focused on controlling names (personal, corporate, governmental, and geographic), works, and subjects. While authority control has always been important for library catalogs, with the growth of new environments of linked data it is becoming even more, with increasing elements in the catalog being represented by authorized forms. (One example: using authorized terms for occupations in authority records.)
 
Authority control in a library environment is the establishment and maintenance of consistent forms of names and terms to be used as authorized access points in records of the library catalog. Authorized access points must not only be consistent, each one must be unique. Traditional library practice focused on controlling names (personal, corporate, governmental, and geographic), works, and subjects. While authority control has always been important for library catalogs, with the growth of new environments of linked data it is becoming even more, with increasing elements in the catalog being represented by authorized forms. (One example: using authorized terms for occupations in authority records.)
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See [[Contacting people for authority control]] for details on contacting authority file subjects directly.
  
 
==Authority control at the Folger==
 
==Authority control at the Folger==

Revision as of 14:24, 22 December 2014

Authority control in a library environment is the establishment and maintenance of consistent forms of names and terms to be used as authorized access points in records of the library catalog. Authorized access points must not only be consistent, each one must be unique. Traditional library practice focused on controlling names (personal, corporate, governmental, and geographic), works, and subjects. While authority control has always been important for library catalogs, with the growth of new environments of linked data it is becoming even more, with increasing elements in the catalog being represented by authorized forms. (One example: using authorized terms for occupations in authority records.)

See Contacting people for authority control for details on contacting authority file subjects directly.

Authority control at the Folger

The Folger is a member of NACO and SACO; the Folger PCC liaison is Deborah J. Leslie. For NACO training schedule and workflows, see NACO in Bard2.

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Terminology

control
to link an instance of an authorized access point to its authority record
AAP
authorized access point (formerly, and sometimes still, known as heading)
BFM
bibliographic file maintenance
LC/NACO Authority File
the authority file maintained by the Library of Congress in collaboration with the PCC
NACO
Name Authority Cooperative Program; component of the PCC for name authority records
NAF
name authority file
NAR
name authority record
PCC
Program for Cooperative Cataloging
PVR
previously verified record; (used in the context of changes made to existing NARs)
SACO
Subject Authority Cooperative Program; component of the PCC for subject authority records
SAR
subject authority record
VIAF
Virtual International Authority File