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Looking to participate in discussions on authority control and identity management? Are you interested in running programs or providing Programming input? The LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group is looking for several individuals to sit in our governing board. This board plans ACIG programs at Midwinter and Annual (you are not required to attend either of these meetings to participate).

ACIG is also looking for a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and a Secretary. These two positions along with the Chair and Past-Chair coordinate and oversee the activities for the interest group.

The joint LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group provides a forum for discussion of a variety of issues related to authority control for online catalogs and for international sharing of authority of data.

Paul Frank (Library of Congress), Shana McDanold (Georgetown University), and Bob Maxwell (Brigham Young University) will discuss their thoughts on authority control. The hope is to spark ideas and discussions for future ACIG meetings (as we go into the next 30 years!).

LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group

 

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2012

Time: 1:00-5:30

Location: Washington State Convention Center, Room TCC 304

 

“Best Practices for RDA Authorities”

 

With the implementation of RDA set for March 2013, institutions and organizations have had to work on developing a set of best practices for creating and modifying authority records to comply with the new code.  The RDA Authorities panelists will be speaking about training and best practices within their organizations and institutions.

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Event Authority Control Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 07:07 pm

The joint LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group provides a forum for discussion of a variety of issues related to authority control for online catalogs and for international sharing of authority of data.

Paul Frank (Library of Congress), Shana McDanold (Georgetown University), and Bob Maxwell (Brigham Young University) will discuss their thoughts on authority control. The hope is to spark ideas and discussions for future ACIG meetings (as we go into the next 30 years!).

The joint LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group provides a forum for discussion of a variety of issues related to authority control for online catalogs and for international sharing of authority of data.

Paul Frank (Library of Congress), Shana McDanold (Georgetown University), and Bob Maxwell (Brigham Young University) will discuss their thoughts on authority control. The hope is to spark ideas and discussions for future ACIG meetings (as we go into the next 30 years!).

Janis L. Young (Library of Congress) will be giving her regular semi-annual and very popular report from the Library of Congress, including updates on authorities projects, staffing changes at Library of Congress, and updates to tables and documentation.

Nancy Lorimer (Stanford University and Chair of MLA’s Genre/Form Task Force) will discuss the February 2015 release of 600 genre/form terms for musical works, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the Music Library Association. This is part of the larger project to expand the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) to new domains, She will review the music vocabulary, its origins, the decision-making processes during its development, the interaction of LCGFT terms with those of the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music (LCMPT), and explain areas of the vocabulary that are still being developed or are otherwise in flux. She will also provide several examples on its use of LCGFT music terms and provide an introduction to Provisional Best Practices for Using LCGFT for Music Resources,a document created by the Music Library Association Vocabularies Subcommittee and Genre/Form Task Force to provide temporary guidelines until official documentation is completed.

Jeremy Myntti (University of Utah), Anna Neatrour (University of Utah), and Nate Cothran (Backstage Library Works) will discuss the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library work with Backstage Library Works to develop an automated solution for authority control in fields for digital library metadata to provide consistency and improve access to collections. An early version of this project was originally presented at ALA Annual 2013, and they have continued on to make improvements and refinements based on the initial work. They completed processing the metadata for several digital collections with Backstage. After this processing was completed, they started looking at ways to standardize the metadata values that Backstage was unable to match to an existing LC authority by using OpenRefine to add further improved values. This presentation will show the results from this project, including lessons learned and future directions for the project to prepare this metadata for a linked data environment.

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Discussion Call for Volunteers

by Nathan Putnam on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 06:25 am

Looking to participate in discussions on authority control and identity management? Are you interested in running programs or providing Programming input? The LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group is looking for several individuals to sit in our governing board. This board plans ACIG programs at Midwinter and Annual (you are not required to attend either of these meetings to participate).

ACIG is also looking for a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and a Secretary. These two positions along with the Chair and Past-Chair coordinate and oversee the activities for the interest group.

Looking to participate in discussions on authority control and identity management? Are you interested in running programs or providing Programming input? The LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group is looking for several individuals to sit in our governing board. This board plans ACIG programs at Midwinter and Annual (you are not required to attend either of these meetings to participate).

ACIG is also looking for a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and a Secretary. These two positions along with the Chair and Past-Chair coordinate and oversee the activities for the interest group.

If you are interested in any of these positions, stay for the business meeting following our ALA Annual program in San Francisco. If you are not able to attend Annual or have any questions, please send me an email (nbputnam@umd.edu).

Sunday, June 28
1:00-3:30 (business meeting to follow)
Room 124 (N) in the Moscone Convention Center
ALA Conference Scheduler: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29319

Thanks!

Nathan Putnam
Chair, ACIG (2014-2015)

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Online Doc ACIG Midwinter 2015 - Ray Schmidt, Advocating for Authority Work

by Nathan Putnam on Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 09:43 am

Presentation by Ray Schmidt at the Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) meeting at ALA Midwinter, Chicago, IL, Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1pm-3pm.

Presentation by Ray Schmidt at the Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) meeting at ALA Midwinter, Chicago, IL, Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1pm-3pm.

Ray Schmidt (Assistant Director for Discovery Services, Wellesley College, and chair of the Music Library Association Authorities Subcommittee) discussed ways to advocate for the value of authority work. Using the MLA Statement on Authority control as a starting point, Ray considered real-world situations in which the need for advocacy arises, and how catalogers could prepare to demonstrate what library users “get” from authority control.

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Online Doc ACIG Midwinter 2015 - Diane Hillman, Proposing a System for Vocabularly Versioning

by Nathan Putnam on Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 09:43 am

Presentation by Diane Hillman at the Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) meeting at ALA Midwinter, Chicago, IL, Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1pm-3pm.

Diane Hillmann (partner in the consulting firm Metadata Management Associates LLC and previously Authorities Library at Cornell University Libraries) discussed general issues of and how vocabulary versioning has been handled in the RDA Registry. She also demonstrated how those principles and best practices could be used in other kinds of authority files.

Presentation by Diane Hillman at the Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) meeting at ALA Midwinter, Chicago, IL, Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1pm-3pm.

Diane Hillmann (partner in the consulting firm Metadata Management Associates LLC and previously Authorities Library at Cornell University Libraries) discussed general issues of and how vocabulary versioning has been handled in the RDA Registry. She also demonstrated how those principles and best practices could be used in other kinds of authority files.

You can find Diane's presentation slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/smartbroad/authority-control-interest-group-chicago-2015

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Online Doc ACIG Midwinter 2015 - Janice Young, Updates from LC

by Nathan Putnam on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 07:36 am

Presentation by Janice Young at the Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) meeting at ALA Midwinter, Chicago, IL, Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1pm-3pm.

Janis L. Young (Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist, Policy and Standards Division (PSD)) discussed updates on authorities projects, staffing changes at Library of Congress, and updates to tables and documentation.

Event Authority Control Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 02:44 pm

At the ALCTS/LITA Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) meeting at Midwinter, you will find an interesting mix of topics. The topics are as follows:

Janis L. Young (Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist, Policy and Standards Division (PSD)) will be giving her regular semi-annual report from Library of Congress, including updates on authorities projects, staffing changes at Library of Congress, and updates to tables and documentation.

At the ALCTS/LITA Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) meeting at Midwinter, you will find an interesting mix of topics. The topics are as follows:

Janis L. Young (Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist, Policy and Standards Division (PSD)) will be giving her regular semi-annual report from Library of Congress, including updates on authorities projects, staffing changes at Library of Congress, and updates to tables and documentation.

Ray Schmidt (Assistant Director for Discovery Services, Wellesley College, and chair of the Music Library Association Authorities Subcommittee) will discuss ways to advocate for the value of authority work. The MLA Statement on Authority Control will be presented as a starting point for considering the real-world situations in which the need for advocacy arises, and how catalogers can prepare to demonstrate what library users “get” from authority control.

Diane Hillmann (partner in the consulting firm Metadata Management Associates LLC and previously Authorities Library at Cornell University Libraries) will briefly discuss general issues and how vocabulary versioning has been handled in the RDA Registry. She will demonstrate how those principles and best practices can be used in other kinds of authority files. Policies regarding change management in open or public vocabularies used in the context of Linked Open Data have lagged behind those driving other web-based communities of practice. The same can be said of Authority Files, developed for use within a centralized data flow and centralized maintenance policies, with contributions by a broadly distributed community. This centralized control has been workable (if slow to evolve to incorporate new needs) during the MARC years, so long as data distribution had also been centralized, but this pattern of distribution has become more questionable as a transition to the more open world of linked data begins to demonstrate the inflexibility of traditional practices.

Jeremy Myntti (Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah) and Nate Cothran (Vice President, Automated Services, Backstage Library Works) will discuss the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library's and Backstage Library Works ideas to come up with an automated solution for authorizing fields in digital library metadata to provide consistency and to improve access to collections. This project was originally presented at ALA Annual 2013 at the beginning of the project. We have now completed processing the metadata for several digital collections. This presentation will show the results from this project, including lessons learned and future directions for the project to prepare this metadata for a linked data environment.

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Discussion ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting

by Nathan Putnam on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 04:02 pm

Below you will find an interesting mix of topics for the ALCTS/LITA Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) meeting at Midwinter.

Sunday, February 1
1:00 PM-3:00 PM (with a business meeting to follow)
McCormick Place West
Room W474b
Scheduler link: http://alamw15.ala.org/node/25803

We hope you can join us!

Below you will find an interesting mix of topics for the ALCTS/LITA Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) meeting at Midwinter.

Sunday, February 1
1:00 PM-3:00 PM (with a business meeting to follow)
McCormick Place West
Room W474b
Scheduler link: http://alamw15.ala.org/node/25803

We hope you can join us!

Nathan Putnam
2014-2015 ACIG Chair
Head, Metadata Services
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 0742
nbputnam@umd.edu 

 

Janis L. Young (Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist, Policy and Standards Division (PSD)) will be giving her regular semi-annual report from Library of Congress, including updates on authorities projects, staffing changes at Library of Congress, and updates to tables and documentation.

Ray Schmidt (Assistant Director for Discovery Services, Wellesley College, and chair of the Music Library Association Authorities Subcommittee) will discuss ways to advocate for the value of authority work. The MLA Statement on Authority Control will be presented as a starting point for considering the real-world situations in which the need for advocacy arises, and how catalogers can prepare to demonstrate what library users “get” from authority control.

Diane Hillmann (partner in the consulting firm Metadata Management Associates LLC and previously Authorities Library at Cornell University Libraries) will briefly discuss general issues and how vocabulary versioning has been handled in the RDA Registry. She will demonstrate how those principles and best practices can be used in other kinds of authority files. Policies regarding change management in open or public vocabularies used in the context of Linked Open Data have lagged behind those driving other web-based communities of practice. The same can be said of Authority Files, developed for use within a centralized data flow and centralized maintenance policies, with contributions by a broadly distributed community. This centralized control has been workable (if slow to evolve to incorporate new needs) during the MARC years, so long as data distribution had also been centralized, but this pattern of distribution has become more questionable as a transition to the more open world of linked data begins to demonstrate the inflexibility of traditional practices.

Jeremy Myntti (Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah) and Nate Cothran (Vice President, Automated Services, Backstage Library Works) will discuss the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library's and Backstage Library Works ideas to come up with an automated solution for authorizing fields in digital library metadata to provide consistency and to improve access to collections. This project was originally presented at ALA Annual 2013 at the beginning of the project. We have now completed processing the metadata for several digital collections. This presentation will show the results from this project, including lessons learned and future directions for the project to prepare this metadata for a linked data environment.

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Discussion ACIG roster for 2014-2015

by Christina Hennessey on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

This is the current roster for the Authority Control Interest Group, 2014-2015. A new vice-chair was appointed and two new members-at-large were appointed at the business meeting at ALA Annual in Las Vegas.

Nathan B. Putnam (Chair, 2014-2015) - Head, Metadata Services, University of Maryland

Scott Piepenburg (Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, 2014-2015) - Head of Cataloging, Odum Library – Valdosta State University

Christina Hennessey (Past Chair, 2014-2015) - Cataloging Librarian, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University

This is the current roster for the Authority Control Interest Group, 2014-2015. A new vice-chair was appointed and two new members-at-large were appointed at the business meeting at ALA Annual in Las Vegas.

Nathan B. Putnam (Chair, 2014-2015) - Head, Metadata Services, University of Maryland

Scott Piepenburg (Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, 2014-2015) - Head of Cataloging, Odum Library – Valdosta State University

Christina Hennessey (Past Chair, 2014-2015) - Cataloging Librarian, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University

Mark Scharff (Secretary 2013-2015) - Music Cataloger - Gaylord Music Library - Washington University in St. Louis

Robert Rohrbacher (Member-at-Large 2013-2015) - Social Sciences & Government Documents Cataloger - Stanford University Libraries

Nancy Sack (Member-at-Large 2013-2015) – Cataloging Librarian, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Tatyana Chubaryan (Member-at-Large 2013-2015) – Senior Lecturer, University Libraries, Texas A&M

Jennifer Sweda (Member-at-Large 2013-2015) – Social Sciences Cataloging Librarian, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Nate Cothran (Member-at-Large 2013-2015) – Vice President, Automation Services, Backstage Library Works

Richard Guinn (Member-at-Large 2014-2016) - Technical Services Librarian, University of Texas, School of Public Health Library

Jodi Spillane (Member-at-Large 2014-2016) – Cataloger, University of South Carolina

Rosemary Groenwald (Member-at-Large 2014-2016) – Head, Tech Services, Mount Prospect Public Library

Raymond Schmidt (Liaison from Music Library Association) - Manager of Cataloging and Metadata - Wellesley College

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Discussion Authority Control Interest Group, ALA Annual 2014 (Las Vegas)

by Christina Hennessey on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

The LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) Program was held at ALA Annual in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 29 from 1pm-3pm. About 100 folks were in attendance. The ACIG meeting had four presentations with four speakers, with the presentations lasting a little over two hours.

The presentations and descriptions are posted elsewhere in this Connect space:

Janis L. Young: http://connect.ala.org/node/226269

Hermine Vermeij: http://connect.ala.org/node/226270

The LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) Program was held at ALA Annual in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 29 from 1pm-3pm. About 100 folks were in attendance. The ACIG meeting had four presentations with four speakers, with the presentations lasting a little over two hours.

The presentations and descriptions are posted elsewhere in this Connect space:

Janis L. Young: http://connect.ala.org/node/226269

Hermine Vermeij: http://connect.ala.org/node/226270

Christy Crowl: http://connect.ala.org/node/226271

Gary Strawn: http://connect.ala.org/node/226272

A Q&A followed each of the presentations. 

There was a one-hour open business meeting after the presentations from 3pm-4pm for board members and anyone else that wanted to attend. Scott Piepenburg (Head of Cataloging, Odum Library – Valdosta State University) was named as the new incoming vice-chair, and two new members-at-large were named. The Web Chair position was eliminated as those duties are taken care of by other folks in the use of ALA Connect for all our web work. Also discussed at the meeting were possible topics and speakers for the ALA Midwinter program in Chicago in 2015, the upcoming renewal of the group by LITA, reports from the chair on attending the LITA Chairs meeting and Open House, why the group is connected to both ALCTS + LITA, and possible projects that the group can contribute to outside of presenting programs at ALA conferences (e.g. contributing to Gary Strawn’s Phase 3 project).

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Online Doc ACIG Annual 2014 - Gary Strawn, report on RDA Phase 3 for LC/NACO Authority File

by Christina Hennessey on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

Presentation by Gary Strawn at the Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) meeting at ALA Annual, Las Vegas, NV, Sunday, June 29, 2014, 1pm-3pm.

Presentation by Gary Strawn at the Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) meeting at ALA Annual, Las Vegas, NV, Sunday, June 29, 2014, 1pm-3pm.

Gary Strawn (Authorities Librarian, Northwestern University) is the chair of a PCC task force that will define and prepare an RDA 'Phase 3' for the LC/NACO Authority File. The primary job to be done is the re-coding of most of the remaining AACR2 authority records (numbering in the millions) as RDA. Other tasks to be accomplished as part of the project include: the addition of ISNIs, changes to music medium of performance (subfield $m), changes to relator terms, elimination of pre-RDA 378 fields, and the re-categorization of texts in subfield $c of personal names. All changed records will receive additional fields (046 for personal names, for example) when possible. Examples of each task and the needed solutions and work were shared. Gary had suggestions for additional clean-up projects (e.g. adding death dates to headings) and solicited volunteers to help review preliminary results (e.g. review of the results of auto-generation of 046 field).

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