I am responsible for reviewing headings from four colleagues, as a
function of our NACO AV work. One of them has done enough that I let him
add his own differentiated personal name headings, though I review
corporate bodies and any names that he must undifferentiate. The others
have not been as active so I ask to see anything that they wish to
I do not have anyone look at any of my own authority records
(either NACO AV or NACO Music Project). That may not be ideal; as Wayne
says, no one is perfect, but I've been doing this quite a while and
don't make many errors that I think someone else here would necessarily
notice. That's not hubris--I just believe it facilitates things.
Everyone has slightly different issues and workflows, I'm sure.
From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of Wayne Richter
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 3:16 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] Review of NACO contributions
John Attig inquired:
<<Penn State is re-evaluating its procedures for contributing Name
Authority Records through NACO. We would like to know whether your
institution has a policy that every NAR is checked by someone other
than the cataloger who created the record before it is
contributed. If so, do you feel that this level of quality control
is justified in terms of the errors identified?>>
Two of us (the local trainers) split review duties for
newly-trained NACO contributors but our goal is to have everyone
ultimately independent. During the training we have emphasized that even
those declared independent should seek help for anything out of the
ordinary or where there is uncertainty. Everything under review goes
into our OCLC local save file where we have categories indicating the
status of each NAR. This seems to work quite well.
No one is perfect and I find myself catching errors in my own work
(usually a typo or a diacritic) in which case I flag it and fix it when
it is available. I also occasionally ask our PCC Liaison at LC for an
opinion if I'm not certain about something. I usually try to avoid this
because they usually have their hands full with BFM.
Asian Materials Specialist/PCC Liaison
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9103
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