Please join the LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. for stimulating presentations during our program.



Janis Young, Library of Congress


Janis will be giving her always excellent LC update.



Panel description:


Welcome to LAC/ Bienvenue BAC – A new bilingual NACO partner

In 2018, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) replaced its ILS with OCLC’s WorldShare Management System (WMS). As a part of the transition, LAC split its single, bilingual authority file Canadiana Authorities into separate English and French language files and joined NACO in order to manage its English-language authority records. This panel will discuss this national library’s history of bilingual cataloguing, the reason for the changes, and the attempt to ensure that the two files “talk” to each other.  NACO libraries will be interested to learn what unique information they may see in these records from LAC.


Individual abstracts:


Sarah Stacy, Library and Archives Canada

A history of bilingual cataloging at LAC continues

Over the last forty years Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has developed bilingual cataloguing policies, allowing Canadians to access publications in both Official Languages. Our bilingual approach has extended to how we created and managed authority records in the national authority file, Canadiana Authorities. Adopting OCLC’s WorldShare Management System as our new ILS has challenged this us to adjust our approach in how we manage the work of creating and maintaining authority records. 


Hong Cui, Library and Archives Canada

Transition to NACO: Managing English and French files at LAC

In addition to contributing records to the NACO Authority file (NAF), LAC now maintains and manages a separate French-Language authority file, Canadiana Name Authorities in French (Canadiana), that was created by migrating its former French and language-neutral records into WMS Record Manager. An internal copy of LAC’s former Canadiana authority file has been preserved for reference purposes when cataloguers create NACO records. This talk will report on the background analysis done by LAC prior to becoming a NACO member. In addition, it will describe the data elements unique to NAF, and the use of 7XX fields with subfield 0 to link NAF and Canadiana.


Dominique Bourassa

Parlez-Vous NACO?: Authority Training at LAC

This presentation will highlight the process through which LAC cataloguers, a bilingual staff, have become NACO participants. Along the way, you will learn about forty-seven trainees, twenty-one reviewers, thirteen cataloguers from eleven academic Quebec libraries, seven NACO funnels, and three week-long training sessions, including one in French!


Paul Frank, Library of Congress

A national library joins the NACO Program!: LAC and NACO documentation

Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) size and its status as a national library are exciting aspects of the library's NACO membership. New NACO documentation was created to address LAC's national library status, and existing NACO documentation was edited to include the unique MARC data elements that LAC would be supplying in its NACO contributions. This part of the presentation will discuss that new and updated NACO documentation


Please feel free to stay and join ACIG for our business meeting following the program. We will hold elections for the 2019-2020 steering committee.


Martha Rice Sanders, ACIG Chair

Innovative Interfaces, Senior Consulting Librarian


Lisa Robinson, ACIG Chair-Elect

MSU Libraries, Head, Metadata Management