Lesson 4

AUTHORITY CONTROL AND THE LIBRARY USER

User Education

    Include as part of your library user education program instructions on how to use either the Library of Congress Subject Headings (the red books) or Sears List of Subject Headings.  Once users are trained to look for the controlled vocabulary, searching can become a more seamless task.  Many libraries keep the books near the card catalog or computer catalog to assist patrons with their searches.   Proper signage about searching and search strategies can also improve user satisfaction.  

User Generated Authority Records

   Catalogers are currently discussing the possibilities of using Wikis for authority records. Users could add data about themselves and others, thereby enriching the authority files. On the downside, some degree of authority control could be lost since not all users understand how to create and edit the information. Also, with the use of Wikis there is the possibility of tampering with the information.

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