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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.

Statistics

 

Library of Congress Fiscal Year (Oct-Sept)
New Names

New Series

Changed Names

Changed Series

Total
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.

Past Annual Reports

 

 

 

 

 

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