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ALCTS E-Forum: Authority Control in the Library Catalog

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 9:00 am to Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 5:00 pm, US/Central

Authority Control in the Library Catalog

February 11-12, 2014

Hosted by Mary L. Mastraccio and Mary Charles Lasater

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm

Authority Control has been an integral part of library catalogs since the inception of the modern library.  As library catalogs are being revolutionized in their construction and use, the question is often asked if it is still important.  How does authority control benefit users of the catalog? What data is important to include? How do authorized terms and authority records improve searching in the catalog? How has RDA impacted authority control? How are libraries managing all the changes (including terms, the structure of authority records, and cataloging format)? Bring your thoughts and experiences and join us for a lively discussion on these questions and more as we explore the present and future of authority control.


Mary L. Mastraccio is Cataloging and Authorities Manager for MARCIVE, Inc. where she keeps their services current with the cataloging rules and format changes and contributes to NACO. She received her MLS from Syracuse University and has held positions in technical and public services in academic and public libraries, as well as working for library system and authorities vendors. She is active in ALCTS, serving on CaMMS committees and several Genre/Form Implementation Subcommittee Working Groups.

Mary Charles Lasater is the Authorities Coordinator and a cataloger for Vanderbilt University Libraries.  She is a NACO trainer (currently serving as reviewer and trainer for the Tennessee NACO funnel) and a SACO mentor.  She is also involved in the development of Vanderbilt’s discovery interface, Discover Library.

What is an e-forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum.

To register:

Instructions for registration are available at: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone. If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.