ERIC Number: ED328254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Automated Authority Control in ARL Libraries. SPEC Kit #156.
Wittenbach, Stefanie A.
This kit reports on a survey which focused on the methods by which libraries practice online authority control to ensure that names, subjects, and uniform titles are consistently applied and maintained in bibliographic records. Questionnaires were sent to 32 selected member libraries of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to determine the extent to which they used automated authority control; 30 responses were received. The majority of these libraries reported that they practice both pre- and post-cataloging authority control, and the method of control that is used is largely dependent on the type of bibliographic record which is examined. Authority control procedures are usually not delegated by a person whose primary responsibility they are, but rather by a committee or a catalog maintenance unit. In addition to the questionnaire and a summary of the survey results, this kit contains: (1) job descriptions and organization charts from the universities of California at Los Angeles, Notre Dame, New Mexico, Iowa State, and Kansas, and also from Vanderbilt University and the National Library of Canada; (2) procedural documents from the universities of California at Berkeley, Iowa, Rochester, Kansas, New Mexico, and Utah, and also from Rice University and Washington University; (3) authority workforms from the universities of Kansas and New Mexico, the National Library of Canada, and Harvard College; and (4) systems reports from the universities of Cincinnati and Kansas and from Vanderbilt University. A list of eight selected readings is included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Bibliographic Utilities, Cataloging, Higher Education, Library Automation, Library Surveys, Library Technical Processes, Occupational Information, Online Systems, Questionnaires, Research Libraries, Subject Index Terms
Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Services, 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($20.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Studies.