LITA ALCTS CaMMS Authority Control Interest Group

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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.

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  • 1.  ACIG at Midwinter 2020

    Posted Jan 16, 2020 02:40 PM

    Please join the LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group at the ALA Midwinter 2020 in Philadelphia, PA.

    Day and time: Sunday, January 26th at 1pm.

    Location: Philadelphia Convention Center, Room 113-A.


    1. Janis Young, Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist, Library of Congress

    Updates on the Library of Congress projects.

    1. Anita Kazmierczak, Catalog & Metadata Management, Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

    Presentation and open discussion: Subtle balance between traditional and modern terminology represented by Library of Congress Subject Headings.

    The delicate balance between historical and new terminology used by Library of Congress Subject Headings was, is and will be a topic of many professional discussion. Recently we have witnessed how Subject Headings can spark a heated debate within libraries across the nation. They can also stoke the flames of discontent within the nation itself. The growing number of examples of historical terms or lack of updated or more inclusive and equitable headings within Authority File is a topic we should continue to discuss and consider as an ongoing challenge for catalogers to create authorities that will keep the balance between traditional and modern description of identities, topics, places and events.


    Session moderator: Martha Rice Sanders, Innovative Senior Systems Librarian, Massachusetts.


    We look forward to seeing you at our program!

    Please feel free to stay and join ACIG for our business meeting following the program.

    Martha Sanders
    Senior Systems Librarian
    Innovative Interfaces