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UF and SACO Guidelines


SACO is the Subject Authority COperative Program administered by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). SACO was established in 1992. It is one of the four components of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (NACO, CONSER, BIBCO, and SACO). SACO homepage

SACO Submission Form

SACO Annual Report 13-14 | SACO Annual Report 12-13 | SACO Annual Report 11-12SACO Annual Report 10-11  | SACO Annual Report 09-10  |  SACO Annual Report 08-09 | SACO Annual Report 07-08  |  SACO Annual Report 06-07 | SACO Annual Report 05-06

SACO was established to provide a means for libraries to propose new Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and LC Classification (LCC) numbers. It also allows libraries to submit change proposals. Proposals are submitted as needed for cataloging work and are reviewed by the LC Cataloging Policy and Support Office which maintains editorial responsibility for LCSH. Approved subject heading proposals are then distributed as subject authority records by the Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) to bibliographic utilities and other subscribers and are included in the printed Library of Congress Subject Headings that is published annually and is also available online through the Cataloger's Desktop. Approved classification proposals are incorporated into the LC Classification schedules.

The University of Florida has contributed subject headings to LCSH since 1992 when Mae Clark did a sabbatical at the National Agriculture Library and was trained in subject proposal at the Library of Congress. In Feb.1995 John Mitchell of the Program for Contributed Cataloging came to Gainesville and trained the rest of the catalogers in the Catalog Dept. in proposing subject headings. We are now also members of the BIBCO program which requires that any catalog record submitted through the BIBCO program include only authorized subject headings. We believe that as a major university library we have a responsibility to contribute to the national database and enhance usability and access for our collections. In addition, SACO presents an opportunity for catalogers to contribute national subject headings and develop their professional skills and knowledge. 

When catalogers identify a need for a new or changed subject heading a copy of the title page from the work cataloged should be put in the SACO basket along with documentation in support of the heading to be further researched and submitted by the SACO Coordinator. Authority records for subjects are not entered through OCLC, although the OCLC Connexion software may be used to create a draft of the subject authority record to be printed and placed in the SACO basket. If you do this, please leave the SACO record in the local saved authority file in Connexion AND add the word "SACO" in front of the subject for sorting and identification reasons.

Consult local authority file for example. This will distinguish NACO from SACO records.

ex. 151  SACO: Parque Nacional Coiba (Panama)  

For an overview of the history and purpose of SACO contributions see: The (SACO) Subject Authority Cooperative Program : The More the Better

UF SACO liaisons, Mae Clark, 1994-1995; Daniel Cromwell 1999-2000; Tatiana Barr, 2001-2006; Jimmie Lundgren, 1996-1998 and 2006-2013; Hikaru Nakano, 2013-

Indexed in AlephPro: UF and SACO



 Prepared by: Tatiana Barr; Revised by: Jimmie Lundgren, August 21, 2012.


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