NACO, Authority Control, and Identity Management: Evolving Strategies for a Changing Name Authorities Landscape

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)

The webinar was presented on December 6th, 2017. Access the recording and webinar materials now:

This webinar will identify strategies for coping with the challenges of NACO workflows today and explore proposals to shift authority work in the future from a traditional MARC-based footing to a new identity management orientation. Michelle Durocher and John Riemer of the PCC Task Group on Identity Management will describe the group's efforts to chart a new path forward for authorities that draws on linked data principles, synchronizes NACO’s work with that of other identity registries such as ISNI, and makes it easier for non-NACO libraries to contribute to the program through a more inclusive "NACO Lite" approach. Joseph Nicholson will detail some of the techniques UNC Charlotte is using to cope with a reduced authorities management staff and a backlog of names needing authorized access points. His presentation will describe how the library incorporates the work of paraprofessionals and non-catalogers and uses tools such as OpenRefine and spreadsheets to more swiftly create NACO authority records. 

Learning Outcomes

This webinar will:

  • Explore the difference between authority control and identities management, and their relationship to linked data
  • Describe the PCC Task Group on Identity Management's proposals to align NACO's work with new developments in linked data and other identity registries
  • Stimulate thinking about different ways of handling and structuring authorities workflows

Who Should Attend

Catalogers, metadata librarians, and catalog maintenance librarians and staff


Michelle Durocher is the Head of Metadata Management at the Harvard Library, and until most recently has also served for the last four years as acting Head of Metadata Creation. She is a member of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Policy Committee and the PCC's Identity Management in NACO Task Group.  She is the coordinator for the PCC’s ISNI Pilot project, facilitating the involvement of a dozen PCC libraries within the ISNI platforms to experiment with identifier creation and management for personal names and organizations.  She is a passionate advocate for expanding the boundaries and benefits of library metadata for discovery on the open web, as well as for deep collaborations with other metadata expert communities outside of libraries.  She has an MLIS from Simmons College and a bachelor of liberal arts in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.
John Riemer is currently the Head of the UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center since 2000, John Riemer previously worked as Digital Cataloging Coordinator for the Digital Library of Georgia.   He holds an MLS degree and a BA degree in Linguistics from UCLA. Since 2009, he has served in a number of capacities on the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, including PCC Chair in 2010/2011.   During this time he has led an effort to expand the PCC’s scope to include both traditional MARC cataloging and digital library project metadata/new metadata roles.  Most recently he has chaired the PCC Task Group on Identity Management in NACO. He represents UCLA on and recently chaired ALA’s Technical Services Directors of Large Research Libraries Interest Group (“Big Heads”).  He is a member of the OCLC Research Library Partners Metadata Managers Focus Group, a member of the Cataloging & Classification Quarterly Editorial Board, and writes guest columns for Technicalities.
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. He holds an MLS and a BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was previously a cataloger at Louisiana State University.



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