Please join us for the Authority Control Interest Group at the 2016 Midwinter meeting

Sunday, January 10, 2016
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 103

The Authority Control Interest Group's meeting agenda will include four presentations (15-20 minutes each), followed by a Q&A session.


Janis Young, Library of Congress, with updates on LC demographic terms.

Allison Jai O'Dell, Metadata Librarian, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries with the presentation "The Visual Vocabulary: On the Integration of Visual Content with Library Thesauri."
The Artists' Books Thesaurus provides a case study for the inclusion of visual content in library thesauri. It demonstrates a model for back-end management of visual content, as well as front-end browsing and discovery solutions. External image links upgrade the Thesaurus to five-star, Linked Open Data, and integrate the Thesaurus with the Semantic Web. Images augment the scope note, lending precision that cannot be achieved with textual content alone. And images transform the thesaurus from an index into a picture gallery and social marketing tool. This presentation will review: 1) the methods and tools used by the Thesaurus working group to integrate visual content, 2) applications and user interfaces, and 3) ideas for community engagement. Audience members will be challenged to reconsider the design and implementation of library thesauri on the Semantic Web.

Mark H. Danley, Ph.D., Librarian, Information Resources, United States Military Academy Library with "Problems and Solutions in Name Authority Work for Military-Related Materials."
Contemporary world events as well as popular memory of twentieth-centuries wars have pushed military affairs and armed conflict increasingly into the public eye, making military-related materials of renewed importance to libraries.  Special problems in creating the headings necessary for users to find these kinds of materials sheds light on wider matters regarding the relationship between authorities catalogers with specialized subject knowledge and general collaborativeauthority programs such as NACO.  This session analyzes some selected problems and opportunities in creating authority records for military-related name headings as a window into the broader issue of how specialized cataloging communities contribute to enriching access to materials throughout the bibliographic universe.

Gary Strawn, Northwestern University Libraries, with a demonstration of the Authority toolkit, a tool for creating and modifying LC/NACO authority records via the OCLC Connexion client (Tasks performed include creation of new records, inclusion of information from internet resources, transliteration, assistance with the 046 field, automatic generation of the 678 field, and the extraction of one identity from an undifferentiated name record. Attendees are invited to explore the documentation at in advance)

Tatyana Chubaryan, Vice-Chair, Authority Control IG?