UF and NACO
NACO is the Name Authority Cooperative Program coordinated by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). It began in 1977 as a joint project between the Library of Congress and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) with the goal of using and maintaining a common authority file in order to reduce the cost of authority work. Through NACO, institutions contribute authority records for names, uniform titles, and series to a national authority file administered by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center). Since UF joined NACO in 1988, we have contributed thousands of authority records.
We participate in the NACO program because authority control is an integral part of the cataloging process which has direct benefits to our user community. Authority control enhances the consistency of headings in the library catalog, expands access points through the generation of cross references, and supports faceted searching. Although we receive no financial credit for the headings we establish or revise, we believe it to be in our best interest to contribute to this international cooperative effort. We are required to participate in NACO as a condition of our membership in two cooperative cataloging programs, CONSER and BIBCO.
Library of Congress Fiscal Year (Oct-Sept)
FY2008 1390 243 169 19 1821 FY2009 1219 315 129 42 1705 FY2010 960 216 104 37 1317 FY2011 1162 104 99 23 1388 FY2012 717 231 97 28 1073 FY2013 758 302 332 42 1434 FY2014 (through May) 753 146 667 65 1631
2014: Personnel changes will always affect the work that gets done but for the last two years two items stand out. To begin with we began to do all of our authority work according to RDA as opposed to AACR2. The basic work did not change, but more information was included on most authority records. A second important factor was the need to upgrade previously AACR2 authority records to RDA. Most of the time this took very little effort, but again it included putting more information in the authority record itself.