Authority Control in Organizing and Accessing Information: Definition and International Experience

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International authority control will soon be a reality. Examine the projects that are moving the information science professions in that direction today!

In Authority Control in Organizing and Accessing Information: Definition and International Experience, international experts examine the state of the art and explore new theoretical perspectives. This essential resource, which has its origins in the International Conference on Authority Control (Italy, 2003), addresses standards, exchange formats, and metadata—with sections on authority control for names, works, and subjects. Twenty fascinating case examples show how authority control is practiced at institutions in various nations around the world.

Authority Control in Organizing and Accessing Information provides an essential definition of authority control and then begins its sharply focused examinations of essential aspects of authority control with a section entitled "State of the Art and New Theoretical Perspectives." Here you’ll find chapters focusing on:

  • the current state of the art—with suggestions for future developments
  • the importance (and current lack) of teaching authority control as part of a library/information science curriculum
  • the guidelines and methodology used in the creation of Italy’s SBN Authority File
Next, "Standards, Exchange Formats, and Metadata" covers:
  • Italy’s Bibliografia Nazionale Italiana UNIMARC database, which was created using authority control principles
  • the past and present activities of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and an examination of IFLA’s Working Group on Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records (FRANAR)
  • metadata standards as a means for accomplishing authority control in digital libraries
  • traditional international library standards for bibliographic and authority control
  • the evolution and current status of authority control tools for art and material culture information
  • the UNIMARC authorities format—what it is and how to work with it
"Authority Control for Names and Works" brings you useful, current information on:
  • changes and new features in the new edition of the International Standard Archival Authority Record (Corporate Bodies, Persons, Families)
  • Encoded Archival Context (EAC)—and its role in enhancing access to and understanding of records, and how it enables repositories to share creator description
  • the LEAF model for collection, harvesting, linking, and providing access to existing local/national name authority data
  • national bibliographic control in China, Japan, and Korea, plus suggestions for future cooperation between bibliographic agencies in East Asia
  • authority control of printers, publishers, and booksellers
  • how to create up-to-date corporate name authority records
  • authority control (and the lack of it) for works
"Authority Control for Subjects" updates you on:
  • subject gateways—with a look at the differences between the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s SACO program and browsable online subject gateways
  • MACS—a virtual authority file that crosses language barriers to provide multilingual access
  • OCLC’s FAST project, which strives to retain the rich vocabulary of LCSH while making the schema easier to understand, control, apply, and use
  • the efforts of Italy’s National Central Library toward semantic authority control
  • the interrelationship of subject indexing languages and authority control—with a look at the "semantics vs. syntax" issue
  • how subject indexing is done in Italy’s Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale
"Authority Control Experiences and Proje
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Rob Behary, MLS, MBA (Duquesne University)
Description: Simultaneously published as Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, v. 38 n. 3/4 and v. 39 n. 1/2, this hefty tome is a collection of essays from the International Conference on Authority Control held in Florence, Italy, in February 2003.
Purpose: Authority control is a difficult and at times misunderstood concept in librarianship today. These strong essays do indeed help to define and bring international scope to this complex issue. The conference's essays are almost without exception of high quality, and the wise inclusion of selected essays from outside the conference, especially Mirna Willer's paper on UNIMARC, add depth to an already strong book.
Audience: With the abundance of metadata schema being developed in nearly every discipline, professionals outside the library world who develop such schema will find some value in this book. For instance, Michael Gorman in his prefatory essay describes in plain language that there is folly in creating metadata without the appropriate accompanying authority controls. Most of the appeal, however, will be for the librarians who seek an increased understanding of cooperative and future directions for authority control projects.
Features: One might question the inclusion of the conference's opening and closing remarks in an already very full book, but other features, including a logical organization and a complete and useful index, help the reader locate specific sections and examples with little effort. Some illustrations seem troublesome to interpret with ambiguous arrows complicating what are already difficult to understand relationships.
Assessment: The two editors are preeminent figures in the discipline of library cataloging. As such, they clearly understand the potential for librarians to lead the effort of providing authority control for information in all formats. The challenging issues of learning new standards, collaborating on an international scale, and increasing educational efforts, all of which are well represented in this book, light the pathway for the future of librarianship in the area of authority control.

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Table of Contents

Welcome to Participants (Igino Poggiali)
Introduction to the Conference (Mauro Guerrini)
Authority Control in the Context of Bibliographic Control in the Electronic Environment (Michael Gorman)
Authority Control: State of the Art and New Perspectives (Barbara B. Tillett)
Teaching Authority Control (Arlene G. Taylor)
Guidelines and Methodology for the Creation of the SBN Authority File (Cristina Magliano)
The Bibliografia Nazionale Italiana and Control of Access Points (Gloria Cerbai Ammannati)
IFLA and Authority Control (Marie-France Plassard)
FRANAR: A Conceptual Model for Authority Data (Glenn E. Patton)
Authority Control in the World of Metadata (José Borbinha)
Bibliographic Control and Authority Control from Paris Principles to the Present (Pino Buizza)
The Other Half of Cataloguing: New Models and Perspectives for the Control of Authors and Works (Alberto Petrucciani)
Fear of Authority? Authority Control and Thesaurus Building for Art and Material Culture Information (Murtha Baca)
UNIMARC Format for Authority Records: Its Scope and Issues for Authority Control (Mirna Willer)
Authority Control of Creators and the Second Edition of ISAAR(CPF), International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (Stefano Vitali)
Creator Description: Encoded Archival Context (Daniel V. Pitti)
LEAF: Linking and Exploring Authority Files (Jutta Weber)
NACO: A Cooperative Model for Building and Maintaining a Shared Name Authority Database (John D. Byrum, Jr.)
Names of the Far East: Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Authority Control (Eisuke Naito)
Authority Control of Printers, Publishers, and Booksellers (Lorenzo Baldacchini)
Creating Up-To-Date Corporate Name Authority Records by Using Official Corporate Home Web Pages (Qiang Jin)
Authority Control of Works: Cataloging’s Chimera? (Richard P. Smiraglia)
SACO and Subject Gateways (Ana L. Cristán)
MACS (Multilingual Access to Subjects): A Virtual Authority File Across Languages (Genevieve Clavel-Merrin)
FAST: Development of Simplified Headings for Metadata (Rebecca J. Dean)
Semantic Authority Control and New Soggettario (Anna Lucarelli)
Authority Control and Subject Indexing Languages (Stefano Tartaglia)
Subject Indexing in the Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (Maria Lucia Di Geso)
The Activities for Authority Control in EDIT16: Authors, Publishers/Printers, Devices, and Places (Claudia Leoncini and Rosaria Maria Servello)
Authority Control in the Field of Music: Names and Titles (Massimo Gentili-Tedeschi and Federica Riva)
The CERL Thesaurus File (Claudia Fabian)
The German Name Authority File (PND) in the Bavarian Union Catalogue: Principles, Experiences, and Costs (Gabriele Messmer)
Project InterParty: From Library Authority Files to E-Commerce (Andrew MacEwan)
Commercial Services for Providing Authority Control: Outsourcing the Process (Sherry L. Vellucci)
Multiple Names (Lucia Sardo)
Chinese Name Authority Control in Asia: An Overview (Lily Hu, Owen Tam, and Patrick Lo)
Progetto Lombardo Archivi in INternet—PLAIN (Lombardy Project for Archives on the Internet): Identification, Retrieval, and Display of Creators of Archives and of Archival Fonds (Maurizio Savoja and Paul Gabriele Weston)
Modeling Authority Data for Libraries, Archives, and Museums: A Project in Progress at AFNOR (Françoise Bourdon)
A First Contribution in the Field of Religion: The ACOLIT Project (Fausto Ruggeri)
French Official Corporate Bodies of the Ancient Regime (COPAR) and Religious Corporate Bodies (CORELI): Two Operations in Creating Authority Records in Order to Standardise the Entries of Bibliographic Records in Bibliothèque Nationale de France Retrospective Conversion (Nadine Boddaert)
The Project Authority File for Names Relating to Perugia and Its Area (Claudia Parmeggiani)
The Catalogue as Language, Quality in Terms of Service: An Experience at the University of Florence (Luciana Sabini)
Authority Control in the Academic Context: A Hobson’s Choice (Guido Badalamenti)
Ancient Italian States: An Authority List Project (Annarita Sansò)
The Authority File of the Biblioteca di Cultura Medievale (Maria Teresa Donati)
The Compilation of an Authority List of Medieval Latin Authors: Objectives, Methodological Issues, and Results (Roberto Gamberini)
Congedo (Luigi Crocetti)
OCLC’s MARS and Innovative’s Millennium: Authority Control Procedures (Lihong Zhu)
Reference Notes Included
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