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LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group meeting notes ALA Midwinter Seattle, Sunday 1/27/13 1pm

Brief meeting notes from the ALA Midwinter 2013 meeting in Seattle of the Authority Control Interest Group, held Sunday, January 27, 2013. There were approximately 70 people in attendance at the meeting.

The theme of the meeting at ALA Midwinter Seattle was "Best practices for RDA Authorities". We had presentations by four speakers, with the presentations lasting one hour 45 minutes. The speakers were:

Janis Young (Library of Congress, Policy and Standards division) gave a general update on authorities projects, staffing changes, training plans, and statistics from the Library of Congress, particularly in relation to changes for RDA.

Chamya Kincy (UCLA), Co-Chair, Program for Cooperative Cataloging, Standing Committee on Training, gave an update on the latest RDA Authorities training efforts within the PCC. She also discussed RDA NACO training and review as implemented at UCLA starting in October 2012.

Kevin Randall (Northwestern) discussed his experiences as a CONSER cataloger in addition to RDA NACO training and review at Northwestern.

Mark Scharff (Washington University, St. Louis), NACO Music Project Funnel Coordinator, discussed RDA best practices from the standpoint of a NACO Funnel Project. He gave an honest look at what their plans and hopes were for RDA training, what was the real outcome of the training, and problems that they ran into during the training.

There was a lively Q&A session after the presentations lasting 35 minutes. Questions for the panel and discussions were around topics of RDA/AACR2 hybrid records, RDA NACO training, plans for updating authority records nationally and locally, and more discussion of best practices.

All presentations from the meeting will be available on ALA Connect in the Authority Control Interest Group Community.

There was a business meeting after the presentations for committee members and anyone else who wished to attend. The committee discussed a few different presentation ideas for the meeting at Annual in Chicago and determined possible speakers around these topics.