December 5, 2008

New Documentation on OCLC Authorities

If you use the OCLC cataloging system, particularily if you search OCLC Authority records, this updated documentation may be of interest to you.

From the OCLC announcement:

Authorities: Format and Indexes provides details on selected topics that catalogers need to identify and verify information in bibliographic and/or authority records via the OCLC authority file. This publication contains detailed authorities-related informationthat can assist the following library staff:

  • Fully authorized NACO (Name Authority Cooperative Program) participants wholock, edit, and replace master records, and add new records.
  • Cataloging users at NACO institutions who lock and edit master records prior toverification by authorized NACO users at their institution.
  • Cataloging users at non-NACO institutions who edit and save authority records locally and verify names and titles when updating and/or enhancing WorldCat™bibliographic records.
  • Public services, reference, resource sharing, and acquisitions staff who verifynames and titles for local use or for interlibrary loan.

    This new 62 page user guide supersedes the former Authorities User Guide. It is available online in both HTML format and PDF format.

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