Connexion Browser Module 8 – Authority Control
Authority control is the process by which consistency of form is maintained in headings for names, uniform titles, series titles and subjects used in a library catalog. Authority control can also be used to provide “see” and “see also” references, to disambiguate similar headings, and to collocate records for the same work (such as translations or classical music). This course provides instruction on how to use OCLC Connexion Browser to perform authority control work within bibliographic records. After completing this web-based training, learners will be prepared to: interpret authority records, search and browse the OCLC authority file, and link headings in bibliographic records to appropriate authority file records. This course does not cover Authority History, the OCLC Terminologies Service, the Chinese Name Authority File, nor procedures for NACO libraries.
This course is intended for learners who have a basic understanding of cataloging principles and MARC, have some cataloging experience, and are comfortable with using Connexion Browser to search WorldCat, navigate through search results, and do basic editing. This course will be of particular benefit to catalogers who create original bibliographic records or who do extensive editing of existing records, to library staff who need to find and export authority records to provide cross-reference structures in their local catalog, and to technical services managers who oversee these activities.
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