Clarence J. Brown
312 Memorial Library
University of Wisconsin--Madison
Madison, WI 53706
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----- Original Message -----
From: Clarence Brown <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 4:25 pm
Subject: Re: local authority files
To: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]>
> If you don't have authority records in your local file, how are you
> going to generate cross references for your patrons? Authority
> control isn't just a cataloger's game, it's designed to point the
> library user to the correct heading for searching the local catalog.
> We're using Voyager and regularly load current MARC authority records
> (that are also on OCLC) to our local Voyager system.
> Clarence J. Brown
> Original Cataloging
> 312 Memorial Library
> University of Wisconsin--Madison
> Madison, WI 53706
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Bing Zuo-Dittmer <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 4:02 pm
> Subject: local authority files
> To: [log in to unmask]
> > Please excuse me if this topic has already been discussed.
> > I would like to know how much time others spend on maintaining their
> > local authority files. How do you use them?
> > To me, OCLC Connexion provides everything we need for cataloging.
> > can use Connexion's Authorities button to check name and subject
> > headings. It even provides "Browse LC Names and Subjects History"
> > allows one to check what headings have been previously changed by
> > libraries. Also, LC Authorities is accessible to everyone. Isn't this
> > what a shared bibliographic utility is for? OCLC's Bibliographic Record
> > Notification service delivers updated MARC records to libraries if
> > hold the items whose headings have changed. Do you think one can
> do the
> > same job without the local authority files?
> > Bing Zuo-Dittmer