Lesson 6

Authority Vendors and Internet Sites

    Many libraries contract with vendors to do authority work.  In fact, it is advisable to run authority control at the same time retrospective conversion is done.  Libraries should do authority maintenance on their own on a continuing basis and it is also a good idea to re-run authority control with a vendor every five years or so.  Several authority vendors are listed below.  The list is by no means comprehensive.  Other sources to try are the yearly buyer's guide issues of Library Journal and Computers in Libraries.  Other good Internet sources to consult for vendors and for more in-depth treatment of authority control are provided on the following list.

Autographics, Inc.

Gaylord Information Systems

LSSI (Library Systems & Services)

LTI (Library Technologies, Inc.

Marcive, Inc.

OCLC Authority Control Services

MARC21 Concise Authorities Format

Library of Congress Authority File

Authority Control Resources from the University of Buffalo

Authority Control Resources from Brigham Young University

University of Florida and NACO Related WWW Authority Sites

Library of Congress Subject Authority Proposal Form

Library of Congress Subject Heading Change Proposal Form

MARC Record Services

Authority Control in the 21st Century

Sample Request for Proposal to Obtain Automated Authorities Processing

Authority Tools for Audiovisual and Music Catalogers: An Annotated List of Useful Resources

Library of Congress Subject Headings Weekly Lists


Look at 3 of the websites and write two or three sentences about the content of each site.  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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