Lesson 5

COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS FOR AUTHORITY CONTROL

    Like bibliographic records, authority records can be shared and stored on databases to eliminate duplication of authority work in libraries. Authority files with established headings and cross references exist in many languages and for many different countries and topics. Of particular importance in the United States and throughout the world today is the shared OCLC/Library of Congress authority file. Libraries can access this file to determine how a particular heading has been established. Libraries that contribute to this file adhere to many standards including Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition, 2002 revision, 2003 Update (AACR2R), MARC21 Format for Authority Data, MARC21 Concise Format for Authority Data, and NACO (Name Authority Cooperative Project) procedures as outlined in the Library of Congress' NACO Participants' Manual, 3rd edition.


Assignment:

Go the the NACO home page and read about the project by linking to the different sites on the page.  Write a 2 to 3 paragraph description about the project.  Mail the assignment to:

                Lorraine Lanius, Head
                Technical Services Unit
                Vermont Dept. of Libraries
                109 State St.
                Montpelier, VT 05609-0601

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