NACO Records by Other Means

Wednesday, 12/6/2017
  • 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)

After joining the NACO program in 2014, J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte initially found it difficult to contribute authority records consistently due to a depleted cataloging staff. Faced a with a mounting backlog of uncontrolled names needing authorized access points and a lack of funds for hiring new staff, the library developed an unorthodox approach to the NACO workflow that draws heavily on the work of student assistants and paraprofessionals—staff who have not traditionally been encouraged to participate in authority work due to what is perceived as its difficulty and time-intensive nature. The library has also made use of unconventional tools such as spreadsheets, OCLC templates, Google Forms, OpenRefine, XSLT, and other simple tools to speed up workflows and collect authority data from staff with no expertise in authority work. This presentation will describe the library’s efforts to find alternative ways of generating authori ty records and offer suggestions to other institutions in a similar position that wish to contribute more records to NACO. It will also provide a more general discussion of the state of authority work—its purpose, relevance, and value—at a moment when developments in linked data are poised to transition traditional authority control efforts in MARC to identities management. 

Learning Outcomes

This webinar will:

  • Stimulate thinking about different ways of handling and structuring authorities workflows
  • Demonstrate tools for speeding up authorities workflows

Who Should Attend

Catalogers, metadata librarians, and catalog maintenance librarians and staff


Joseph Nicholson is metadata librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he coordinates authorities workflows, metadata for digital projects, and original cataloging projects.



  Fee ($USD)
Participant Each
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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