Current Developments in Name Authorities

Wednesday, 11/28/2018
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)
The webinar will provide an overview of current developments in name authorities. Many of these themes were discussed at the recent IMLS Shareable Local Name Authorities National Forum, which considered the emerging decentralized identity management environment and how it is influencing the practices of stakeholders including the library cataloging community and other data and service providers. The webinar will provide an update on related work in the PCC that is taking library authority practice in this direction. 
The webinar will also cover the SLNA Reference Model, which was one of the outputs of the forum. It was created to provide a framework for understanding the relationships among the entities managing and sharing authority data in a global ecosystem. The SLNA Reference Model is an extension of Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model, reusing a majority of the OAIS concepts such as information packages, and functional entities such as Ingest, Access, Data Management, Data Storage, Administration, and Planning. The Authority Management (AuM) functional entity is specific to the SLNA reference model and illustrates the functions and services for managing and sharing name authorities among multiple authority information systems.

Learning Outcomes

The webinar will give participants an overview of current trends in library authority control, a framework for understanding how they fit into broader trends in identity management, and suggest some directions for how library authority practice can evolve to fit this environment.

Who Should Attend

Catalogers and other metadata practitioners engaged in name identity work.


Chew Chiat Naun is Head of Metadata Creation at Harvard Library and worked previously at Cornell University. He is active in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging as co-chair (with Ed Jones) of the Standing Committee on Standards and chaired the URIs in MARC task group.
Jing Wang is the Systems Integration Engineer at Johns Hopkins University Libraries and has been working with various library systems including ILS, discovery, research network system, and resource sharing systems. Jing’s contribution to the SLNA Nation Forum is to apply System of Systems Engineering principle and practice to the challenge of entity disambiguation and dissemination among various independent systems within the research ecosystem.







Participant ($USD)
ALCTS Member (individual) 43
Nonmember (individual)       59
Groups. Applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point.     129

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