Please join us for the ALCTS/LITA Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) at ALA Annual in San Francisco (full program information below).


Sunday, June 28

1:00-3:30 (business meeting to follow)

Room 124 (N) in the Moscone Convention Center

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Nathan Putnam

Chair, ACIG (2014-2015)


Paul Frank (Library of Congress), Shana McDanold (Georgetown University), and Bob Maxwell (Brigham Young University) will discuss their thoughts on authority control. The hope is to spark ideas and discussions for future ACIG meetings (as we go into the next 30 years!).


Janis L. Young (Library of Congress) will be giving her regular semi-annual and very popular report from the Library of Congress, including updates on authorities projects, staffing changes at Library of Congress, and updates to tables and documentation.


Nancy Lorimer (Stanford University and Chair of MLA’s Genre/Form Task Force) will discuss the February 2015 release of 600 genre/form terms for musical works, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the Music Library Association. This is part of the larger project to expand the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) to new domains,  She will review the music vocabulary, its origins, the decision-making processes during its development, the interaction of LCGFT terms with those of the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music (LCMPT), and explain areas of the vocabulary that are still being developed or are otherwise in flux. She will also provide several examples on its use of LCGFT music terms and provide an introduction to Provisional Best Practices for Using LCGFT for Music Resources, a document created by the Music Library Association Vocabularies Subcommittee and Genre/Form Task Force to provide temporary guidelines until official documentation is completed.


Jeremy Myntti (University of Utah), Anna Neatrour (University of Utah), and Nate Cothran (Backstage Library Works) will discuss the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library work with Backstage Library Works to develop an automated solution for authority control in fields for digital library metadata to provide consistency and improve access to collections. An early version of this project was originally presented at ALA Annual 2013, and they have continued on to make improvements and refinements based on the initial work. They completed processing the metadata for several digital collections with Backstage. After this processing was completed, they started looking at ways to standardize the metadata values that Backstage was unable to match to an existing LC authority by using OpenRefine to add further improved values. This presentation will show the results from this project, including lessons learned and future directions for the project to prepare this metadata for a linked data environment.



Nathan B. Putnam | Head, Metadata Services | Acting Head, Digital Programs & Initiatives

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