I’ve had quite a number of records in my review file long enough that they are in danger of expiring. Initially, I assumed they had to be approved before I added them to the authority file, but then someone at LC, in a private message, said you could add them while they were in the review process. So I’ve started to add all the ones that are about to expire, of course after searching again to make sure they are still needed.


But recently I’ve noticed that some of the ones I added or replaced awhile ago have gone through the “distribution” process or even been edited by others. So it makes me wonder if it makes sense for me to try to keep them in my review file. (Or whatever you call the list of authorities that are under review.)  If something has finished “distribution,” doesn’t that mean someone has already looked at it and thinks it’s okay?


I’m sorry if this question has been answered already somewhere else. But maybe someone else has the same question.


Ted P. Gemberling

Historical Collections Cataloger

UAB Lister Hill Library, rm. 234B

1720 Second Ave. South

Birmingham, Ala. 35294-0013

Phone: (205)934-2461

Fax: (205)934-3545