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ERIC Number: ED207480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Authorities and Standards in a Changing World.
A comprehensive automated authority system in place as a part of an integrated database having the flexibility to produce any catalog format is proposed as a means of making the library catalog--whether manual or online--more responsive to comprehensive authority changes, including standards and practices, and more useful to the library patron as it provides for updating of access points. The increasing use of uncontrolled automated databases has tended to weaken authority control, despite the requirement for greater control necessitated by the computer's inability to easily accommodate variations in cataloging practice. Systems under development in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada, in particular the University of Toronto Library Automation Systems (UTLAS), are currently offering remedies for this problem. The main feature of the authorities format set by the Library of Congress is a control subfield which is used to indicate cataloging sources, cataloging rules used, type of explanatory notes, romanization or transliteration, relation with other subject terms, and type of reference. The most attractive feature of an automated authority system is its provision of automatic validation of headings or access points. UTLAS has already implemented such a system within a consortium of bibliographic agencies and several participating Canadian libraries. A bibliography lists 26 references and information on the UTLAS format is appended. (RAA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Authority Control (Information); University of Toronto Library Automation Systems
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations (Manila, Philippines, August 18-23, 1980). The appendix may not reproduce clearly due to poor print quality of the original.